by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

StorageReview Success Story: The Watershed

It’s an oft-repeated and widely accepted notion that IT administrators in the enterprise are being asked to do more all the time, without additional resources. Perhaps nowhere is this notion more prevalent than at The Watershed, based in Delray Beach, Florida, where a team of just three handle the infrastructure needs for a highly mobile, geographically dispersed staff of over 600 in Palm Beach County, Florida and Houston, Texas. As the organization continued to grow in both headcount and locations, IT was faced with the stark reality that the current way of delivering applications and support via traditional PCs simply wasn’t working. So they did what any forward-thinking organization would do; they took a hard look at the existing systems, employee needs and business requirements, and came up with a plan. The net result was a plan to simplify infrastructure, move to virtualized desktops, and ensure the employee experience was beyond compare. The goal for this small dynamic IT team was to spend more time proactively impacting business outcomes, rather than being mired in support tickets.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Announces That It Plans To Acquire SGI For $275 Million

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is stepping up its HPC game through a definitive agreement to acquire SGI, a global leader in high-performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. The acquisition is reported as being for $7.75 per share in cash, a transaction valued at approximately $275 million, net of cash and debt. HPE expects the acquisition to be neutral to its earnings in the first full year following close and accretive thereafter. And the transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of HPE's fiscal year 2017, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.

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by Lyle Smith

Crucial MX300 SSD Review (1050GB)

A few months back, we reviewed the Crucial MX300 (750GB). And though we found it to be a bit inconsistent in the way of performance, it did produce good numbers in some areas and is certainly one of the more affordable high-capacity SSDs on the market today and a very viable choice for consumers. Crucial has added a 1050GB model to their MX300 line, which is certainly a welcomed addition.

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by Guest Author

SSHD Uncensored:Should You Get Behind The Wheel Of A Hybrid Drive? [Sponsored]

If you have a cursory understanding of storage technologies, odds are you know that hard disk drives and solid state drives are not the same. While we can spend hours scrutinizing and debating the distinctions between a pair of SSDs, nearly everyone knows the differences between HDDs and SSDs in broad strokes. Hard drives are still the best source of cheap gigabytes, but they’re undeniably slower than solid-state drives. Those fast SSDs continue picking up speed, but it can be hard to justify the cost, especially when compared to an HDD.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology Announces RackStation RS3617xs and RS816

Synology has announced two new high-performing NAS solutions, the RackStation RS3617xs and RS816. Robust and scalable, the RS3617xs is designed to provide greater agility and higher efficiency to support large-scale businesses, while the RS816 is a compact 1U 4-bay server rackmount server built for growing businesses.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Rebrands XPoint As QuantX & Releases Performance Numbers

At the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Micron Technology announced its own branded version of the new NAND based off of 3D XPoint, QuantX. This announcement mirrors Intel announcing its own product based off of the same technology, Optane Technology. Micron also released some performance numbers to give the industry a closer look at what XPoint technology is capable of.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cloudian Announces HyperStore Is Now Available In AWS Marketplace

Today Cloudian, Inc. announced that HyperStore, its flagship software, is now available through Amazon Web Services Marketplace (AWS Marketplace). This means that customers can now purchase HyperStore directly from AWS Marketplace, deploy it in their infrastructure and centralize visibility of usage and billing through their AWS monthly invoice.

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by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Introduces 64-Layer V-NAND & A 32TB SAS SSD

Today at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. made several announcements around its 4th generation 64-layer vertical NAND (V-NAND) technology. These new solutions include a 32TB SAS SSD, an ultra-light 1TB BGA SSD, and a new high-performance Z-SSD. The blueprint introduced today shows how Samsung intends to create next-generation flash products to meet the ever-growing demands of increasing data.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mangstor Announces SANConnect Fabric Bridge Technology

Today at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Mangstor Inc. announced a new technology that enables NVMe over Fabric (NVMf) storage arrays to connect to existing iSCSI or Fibre Channel (FC) SANs as a fast storage caching layer, SANConnect. Mangstor claims this new technology can boost performance of existing SANs by layering an intelligent, higher performance non-volatile memory cache paired with the low latency, high performance characteristics of Mangstor NVMf storage software.

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by Adam Armstrong

Mellanox Launches Integrated Networking Solutions That Accelerate NVMe Over Fabrics

Today at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California, Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. announced its family of end-to-end networking solutions and software will accelerate connecting solid-state storage to the fabric. The family of products include the Mellanox ConnectX-4 adapterConnectX-5 adapter and BlueField family of programmable processors. This family will support smart offloads that connect SSDs directly to the network in the most efficient way possible, thus simplifying system design, which will reduce both power and storage system costs.

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