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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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Announces Surveillance Station 7.0

Today Synology America announced the launch of Surveillance Station 7.0, the latest version of its awarding winning NVR solution. Surveillance Station was designed to turn any DiskStation or RackStation into a network video recorder. Surveillance Station 7.0 has a redesigned user interface, integration for other connected devices, expanded support for specialized cameras, and ONVIF 2.4 compliance.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Announces VSPEX BLUE Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliance

Today EMC Corporation announced its new hyper-converged infrastructure appliance (HCIA), the EMC VSPEX BLUE. VSPEX BLUE delivers compute, storage, networking, and management all in a 2U/4-node form factor and is powered by VMware EVO: RAIL and EMC software. VSPEX BLUE offers a simple to use solution for customers that are looking to consume infrastructure in a hyper-converged manner.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Delivers Day 1 Storage For vSphere 6

With VMware's new releases in vSphere 6, HP will be delivering Day 1 support and certification for vSphere 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVols) across midrange, high-end, and all-flash arrays. HP will allow customers to upgrade vSphere as soon as they are ready on HP 3PAR StoreServ Storage arraysHP StoreVirtualMSA, and XP storage platforms.

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by Adam Armstrong

Arcserve Announces New Unified Data Protection 7000 Appliance Series

Today Arcserve announced new series of converged solutions, the Unified Data Protection (UDP) 7000 Appliance series. Arcserve is calling this the “most cost-effective, ‘set and forget’ backup and recovery on the market.” We first announced here that Arcserve was extending its Unified Data Protection into the appliance market. The new series of appliances will leverage Arcserve’s proven UDP software into a cost-effective appliance aimed at small to medium businesses and mid-market enterprise.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Announces VMware vVols and VSAN 6 Support

Dell has announced they will be releasing VMware Virtual Volumes (vVols) integration to all Dell Storage PS Series (EqualLogic) customers upon its general availability; at no additional cost. vVols is a major update to the vSphere storage stack, providing Dell Storage customers with VM-aware storage, which allows them to save time and streamline management. Dell also announced their latest generation of PowerEdge servers are the first to market with 12Gb SAS controllers to be certified for Virtual SAN (VSAN) 6.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Launches Virtual SAN 6 And vSphere Virtual Volumes

Today VMware Inc launched the latest version of their software-defined storage solution, Virtual SAN 6 (VSAN). VMware Virtual SAN 6 has significant scalability and performance enhancements including new all-flash configuration support. VMware will also introduce the industry’s first solution to enable native Virtual Machine-awareness across a broad range of third-party storage systems, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (vVOLS). These two new launches are designed to enable mass adoption of software-defined storage.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro Expands NVMe Support in Server and Storage Platforms

Supermicro Computer has announced the expansion of its portfolio of server and storage solutions supporting Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) storage technology. Supermicro’s numerous NMVe solutions are available across its 1U Ultra and WIO SuperServers, 2U Ultra, TwinPro, EXDP 32DIMM and DCO SuperServers, 4U FatTwin and 7U SuperBlade platforms.

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