by Adam Armstrong

Backblaze Releases Its New HDD Reliability Results

Today Backblaze released its latest hard drive reliability for the first quarter of 2016. This time around Backblaze evaluated over 60,000 drives (61,523 to be exact). All of the hard drives in Backblaze’s data center equaled to over one billion hours, nearly 42 million days or 114,155 years worth of spinning hard drives.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Synology Introduces The DiskStation DS916+

Synology recently announced the DiskStation DS916+, which brings scalability and new components to their DS415+ model. This marks Synology's latest addition to their Plus Series, which is comprised of servers that are designed to appeal to growing businesses and media enthusiasts. The main selling point of this NAS pertains to its scalability: users can effectively turn the DS916+ into a 9-bay server by adding one of Synology's DX513 expansion units increasing the total raw capacity of the DS916+ to 72TB (with nine 8TB HDDs). This feature helps businesses minimize their startup costs while retaining the ability to more than double their storage capacity in the future.

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by Adam Armstrong

Hitachi Expands Its Data Compression Guarantee

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has announced that is has expanded its data compression guarantee as well as introducing a new 2x data reduction guarantee. HDS isn’t the only game in town when it comes to guarantees but they claim that they are the only vendor to offer a 100% data availability (100% availability, 100% of the time). HDS goes on to state that their guarantee will eliminate risks, which is after all, one of the main goals of every IT architect.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Release Latest Version Of SharePlex

Dell Inc. announced the latest release of its database replication and near real-time data integration solution, SharePlex. Dell is continuing to expand on SharePlex’s replication capabilities we last reported on. The latest release allows replication of Oracle data directly to SAP HANA, Teradata, or EnterpriseDB Postgres. This release continues Dell’s message of spending less time on worrying about dealing with migration, and more time working on core business interests.

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by Adam Armstrong

ODPi Announces Its Gold Sponsorship Of Apache Software Foundation

Today at Apache Big Data North America 2016, the Open Data Platform initiative (ODPi) announced that it has become a gold sponsor of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). ODPi will join the ranks of the other gold sponsors such as Pivotal, IBM, WANDisco, and Hortonworks (it should be noted that all of the other sponsors are members of ODPi). The gold sponsors are working together to advance open source projects for the big data ecosystem.

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by Lyle Smith

Caringo Swarm Adds Hierarchical Data Protection Policies, Historical Metrics and Usage Metering

Caringo has added hierarchical data protection policies, historical metrics and usage metering to Caringo Swarm, the company’s software-defined object storage platform. This results in improved flexibility and ease of operation for users. Caringo continues to build on the platform, earlier this year Caringo made Swarm available for Microsoft Azure.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung EVO Plus 256GB MicroSD Card Announced

Samsung has announced the EVO Plus 256GB microSD card, which is touted as the maret’s highest capacity microSD card for its class. Designed for smartphones, tablets, 360-degree video recorders, action cameras, and even drones, consumers can record up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video (or 33 hours of Full HD video) on their mobile device without having to change or replace the memory card. The new 256GB capacity doubles the storage of the previous Samsung EVO Plus 128GB microSD card, which was released last year.

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by Lyle Smith

HP t310 Quad-Display Zero Client Announced

HP has announced the HP t310 with Quad-Display, the newest addition to their Zero Client portfolio. Featuring high-performance and effective protection against security breaches, the new book-sized HP t310 Quad-Display Zero Client is designed for multitasking across multiple monitors (upwards of four displays simultaneously) without adding additional components and supports. Back in November of last year, HP announced the t730, the world's first thin client with native Quad UHD/4K support.

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by Adam Armstrong

Scale Computing Adds Automated Flash Tiering To Its HC3

Earlier this week Scale Computing announced that it was adding flash-enabled automated storage tiering into its HC3 platform. This update adds hybrid storage including SSD and spinning disk with HyperCore Enhanced Automated Tiering (HEAT). The update will also allow users to tune performance on different workloads to make sure that they are getting the performance that they need or are not being overprovisioned hurting performance elsewhere.

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by Adam Armstrong

With The Help Of Ford & Microsoft, Pivotal Raises $253 Million In Funding

Pivotal announced today that its latest round of series C financing has landed the company $253 million in new cash. One of the major new investors this go round was Ford Motor Company in conjunction with Microsoft. Pivotal also raised money from its existing investors including GE, EMC, and VMware. This funding round is expected to close this month and is subject to customary conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approval.

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