by Brian Beeler

WD SSD Revenues Grow 43% Year over Year

WD reported their fiscal yearly results this week and overall the numbers looked pretty similar to most other quarters/years that get reported in the HDD business. The HDD business is an oligopoly that is impossible to penetrate by a new entrant. Thus, WD and its fully owned HGST division, take their near half of the business, Seagate takes their big share and Toshiba takes what's left over. Where the market is different though is in the enterprise SSD business where WD has invested substantially over the last year. Here, HGST shows significant growth as they hold a strong position in the enterprise SAS SSD segment, driving in over $500 million in revenue in fiscal 2014. 

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by Josh Linden

Cisco Announces Three Additions to MDS 16Gbps Fibre Channel Storage Networking Portfolio

Cisco today announced three new products that will to join its 16G Fibre Channel SAN lineup: the MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch, MDS 9706 Director, and a new MDS 9700 multi-protocol FCoE module. These solutions can each be managed via Cisco’s NX-OS operating system which is used for the company’s Nexus Ethernet data center networking lineup, MDS storage networking solutions, and UCS compute servers.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Releases LeftHand OS 11.5 for StoreVirtual

HP has updated the LeftHand OS to version 11.5; LeftHand OS powers the latest HP StoreVirtual storage platforms and virtual storage appliance (VSA). This upgrade comes with new features as well as enhancements to several existing features. The largest updates target VSA users, with the addition of Adaptive Optimization (AO) which is the auto-tiering functionality found in hybrid StoreVirtual solutions like the 4335 1U nodes. AO will also now come included with 10TB and 50TB VSA licenses. 

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Ultrastar SSD1600MR, SSD800MH.B, and SSD1600MM Enterprise SSDs Launched

HGST has announced the next-generation of its Ultrastar 12Gb/s SAS SSDs, with capacities up to 1.6TB. The new Ultrastar SSD800MH.B, Ultrastar SSD1600MM, and Ultrastar SSD1600MR SSDs are designed for server and storage systems running today’s performance-sensitive enterprise applications and are capable of boasting sequential throughput up to 1100MB/s read and 765MB/s write as well as up to 130,000 read and 110,000 write IOPS.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Announces an Update to HP Data Protector

HP Autonomy announced that it has updated its flagship data protection solution, HP Data Protector, to now offer integration with HP Helion OpenStack and NetApp storage arrays. These two core enhancements will help businesses create and manage agile IT infrastructures that are able to adapt to the dynamic nature of always-on data centers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Barracuda Launches Barracuda Backup 290 & Becomes VMware Ready

Barracuda Networks has announced the launch of a new option in its Backup appliance line, Barracuda Backup 290. The release of the Backup 290 will give customers more options when choosing a backup product. Barracuda also announced that the 390 will get an increase in capacity, taking it to 2TB. Along with the additions and enhancements of its backup line, Barracuda also achieved VMware Ready Status.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro and Expanded Capacities of WD Red HDDs Released

WD has announced the expansion of WD Red line of SATA hard drives for home and small office NAS systems with the release of a 5TB and first-to-market 6TB capacity for NAS-specific storage as well as the introduction of WD Red Pro hard drives, which are designed specifically for the medium to large business NAS market. The WD Red 3.5-inch hard drives are now shipping in 1TB to 6TB capacities, while the new WD Red Pro 3.5-inch hard drives are available in 2TB to 4TB capacities. 

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by Josh Linden

Quantum Announces DXi6900 Data Protection and Deduplication Appliance

Quantum today announced the latest addition its DXi deduplication family: the DXi6900 appliance, powered by StorNext 5 software and oriented towards enterprise deployments and service providers. The DXi6900 can scale from 17TB to 510TB, and according to Quantum, the DXi6900’s 16TB per hour ingestion rate will make it fastest single-stream backup and restore solution in its class due to DXi’s proprietary variable length deduplication technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

Fujifilm Reveals Dangers Of Re-Certified Tape Media

Today Fujifilm Recording Media U.S.A. Inc. announced the results of a study of re-certified tape media. The study was a joint analysis with Ovation Data Services that not only found security risks in selling used tape media to re-certifiers, but there is also a quality issue when buying tape media that has been re-certified. Fujifilm and OvationData joint analysis found that confidential data can be recovered through certain data recovery methods, exposing a wide range of data: personal, corporate, financial, or healthcare records. Of course the ultimate fear is that third parties can use this data maliciously against businesses or individuals.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Introduces NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Microsoft Azure

NetApp has introduced NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Microsoft Azure. NPS for Microsoft Azure is a solution that creates a seamless hybrid cloud environment by enabling customers to extend their IT infrastructure to Microsoft Azure. NPS for Microsoft Azure further builds on NetApp’s portfolio of Microsoft Cloud solutions such as FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud.

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