by Lyle Smith

SanDisk Optimus Max 4TB SAS SSD Announced; Refreshes Entire SAS SSD Offerings

Hot on the heels of refreshing their enterprise SATA SSD line, SanDisk is updating their entire SAS offering with several new announced drives including the 4TB Optimus Max, Lightning Gen. II 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, and entire the Optimus product family, extending SanDisk’s entire SAS portfolio to cover the performance, capacity and endurance needs of a wide array of enterprise applications. The most important drive that was announced is SanDisk’s new Optimus Max 4TB flash drive, which is double the capacity of the current largest SSDs on the market all the while delivering SAS performance and features all at the cost of SATA SSD-like prices for enterprise, cloud, and virtualized data centers. This massive 4TB SSD gives organizations the ability to transition to a leaner infrastructure model, for maximum total cost of ownership.

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by Brian Beeler

EMC VNXe3200 Launched Along with Project Liberty and EMC D@RE

EMC has launched the latest addition to their entry-level midmarket storage line, the VNXe3200. Like the VNX2 refresh last year, the new VNXe3200 picks up MCx (multicore optimization), which is the core driver of up to 3X gains across the board in virtual machine/virtual desktop density, Exchange mailboxes and transactional databases over the previous VNXe. The VNXe3200 also adds SSD support via EMC FAST (fully-automated storage tiering) for additional benefit. 

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by Lyle Smith

EMC Disk Library For Mainframe (DLm) Release 4.1 Now Available

EMC has announced DLm (Disk Library For Mainframe) release 4.1, their software solution that allows users to store various data types with primary and deduplication storage support. As businesses transfer more and more mainframe data on mobile and cloud platforms and back to the datacenter, mainframe data protection and recoverability are becoming extremely important. DLm offers a much more useful and current solution rather than the traditional protection afforded by physical tape, which is no longer practical.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology Embedded DataStation EDS14 Now Available

Synology has announced the Embedded DataStation EDS14, a palm-sized NAS that combines durability with reliability, implementing Synology’s advanced network storage solutions in a wide range of application scenarios.

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by Lyle Smith

Virtual Instruments Launches VirtualWisdom4

Virtual Instruments has launched the fourth-generation of its VirtualWisdom solution labeled VirtualWisdom4. The new platform offers an innovative new approach with enhanced capabilities, which gives customers insight into how their applications and infrastructure are performing.

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by Josh Linden

NetApp Announces New and Updated OnCommand Management Portfolio

NetApp today announced new and updated enterprise storage management solutions across the company’s OnCommand portfolio for managing both NetApp and third-party enterprise storage. A new OnCommand Performance Manager solution offers monitoring and troubleshooting for clustered Data ONTAP environments. Existing products that are receiving updates and enhancements include OnCommand Unified Manager, OnCommand Workflow Automation, and OnCommand Insight.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DS414j 4-bay NAS Announced

Synology has announced the all-new DS414j NAS optimized for optimized for small to home offices. The DS414j is the first NAS of the 'j' series with a dual-core processor and a USB 3.0 port. Running the award-winning DSM 5.0, the DS414j can achieve read/write speeds above 100MB/sec and 80MB/sec. Along with the dual-core architecture and the USB 3.0 port, the DS414j has a max storage capacity of 20TB (4 x 5TB HDD).

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by Lyle Smith

SecureDrives Announces Self-Encrypting SSD With Physical Data Destruction

SecureDrives has announced that it will globally launch the world’s first 2.5inch Self Encrypting SSD with built in GSM and physical data destruction on demand, taking high-end data security to an unprecedented level next week. The new 2.5inch SDSRDD drive is designed to give a complete peace of mind, providing governments and organizations with a high data security solution for ‘data at rest’. The unit maintains data integrity before and after the event of loss or theft due to a series of new technology and security concepts. 

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung PM853T Enterprise SSD Released

Samsung announced that it has begun mass production of the PM853T, the industry’s first high-performance, three-bit-NAND-based (TLC) SSD for servers and data centers. Samsung's PM853T is quoted to deliver a 30 percent increase in manufacturing efficiency compared to SSDs that use 2-bit NAND flash components. The PM853T allows data centers to better manage workloads related to social networking, web browsing, and email, and also improves operation efficiency. Installations of the 3-bit MLC NAND SSDs are expected to begin later this quarter. 

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by Brian Beeler

When Will WD and Seagate Transition to Flash Vendors?

If you listen to the proclamations of outspoken flash peddlers, we're to believe that hard drives are dead, near death, or at least reading over hospice pamphlets. With the ballooning data sets found in the enterprise though, it's easy to scoff at such claims declaring them the propaganda of an overactive marketing guy. The thing is, flash guy might be right. The primary stated objection to flash adoption in the enterprise is cost per GB, which is interesting because it means a few things; the most obvious being that many IT shops are being run by decision makers who are inherently short-sighted and perhaps uneducated about modern technologies (seems impossible given the number of sales people in the flash business). Flash prices are dropping remarkably fast though, and according to the data we've seen, within the next 3-4 years mainstream enterprise flash might realistically be in the .50/GB area, encroaching mightily on the domain of hard drives. 

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