by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Innov8 Desktop Hard Drive Review

Seagate's new Innov8 HDD is the first USB-powered hard drive that provides 8TB of storage; users with a USB-C/USB 3.1 compatible device can deploy Innov8 with a single cord. Although it is not exactly "portable," Innov8 is protected by an aluminum enclosure which makes it more durable than most desktop drives. In addition to the 8TB of storage that the drive itself provides, Innov8 comes with a 2-year subscription to OneDrive (200GB). Innov8 is also compatible with the Lyve app, which backs up mobile device media into a folder that can be accessed on the Lyve desktop app.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Unveils Its Flashmatrix Technology

Today at the 2016 Flash Memory Summit, Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced its all-flash, big data analytic platform technology, Flashmatrix. This new technology is designed to address the growing need for real time/streaming analytics in distributed systems targeted at high data intensive applications in manufacturing, finance, medical and security. Toshiba will debut and showcase its Flashmatrix technology at the 2016 Flash Memory Summit, booth 407, in Santa Clara, California.

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by Adam Armstrong

Netlist Unveils Its New SCM Product, HybriDIMM

Today at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California Netlist Inc. announced and intends to demonstrate its first Storage Class Memory (SCM) product, HybriDIMM. The HybriDIMM is a unified DRAM-NAND solution that will enable users to scale memory (up to the terabyte level) as well as accelerate storage into what Netlist is claiming to nanosecond memory speeds. Netlist’s HybriDIMM uses an industry standard DDR4 LRDIMM interface, meaning that it can operate in current Intel x86 servers without BIOS and hardware changes.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Introduces Nytro XF1230 SATA SSD

Today Seagate announced that it is continuing to expand its Nytro line and its flash footprint with the new Nytro XF1230 SATA SSD. Though Seagate seemed a little slow out of the gate when it came to flash, they seem to be making up for it here recently with announcements such as this one and their recent 2TB NVMe SSD in both M.2 and HHHL AIC form factors. We have wondered out loud in the past where Seagate plans to go with flash and it looks like they’ve responded.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Announces Industry’s Smallest NVMe Form Factor SSD

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc announced that it intends to showcase new BG series solid state drive (SSD) family. The new BG SSD family leverages Toshiba’s BiCS FLAS with 3-bit-per-cell TLC (triple-level cell) technology and Toshiba’s new single-package ball grid array (BGA) NVMe PCI Express (PCIe) Gen3 x2 SSD. Toshiba intends to showcase their new technology at the 2016 Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California next week, August 8-11.

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by Brian Beeler

ClearSky Data Review

The enterprise storage market is often viewed as a bifurcation between some form of traditional data center architecture or cloud-based solutions. ClearSky Data plays in the space in between, offering data center style responsiveness and data controls, with the scalability and economic benefits of the cloud. ClearSky leverages what they call "Smart Tiered Caching" to keep hot data near the enterprise via a caching appliance, while offloading cold data to cloud providers. Combined with an intuitive web-based interface, this approach gives ClearSky customers a unique level of control over their data that neither on-premises nor cloud solutions can offer on their own. 

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by Guest Author

Four Ways to Avoid an Epic Disaster Recovery Fail – What You Need To Know Before It’s Too Late

Backup and recovery is a bit like snowboarding. When the time comes to speed down the mountainside or keep your business running in the event of a disaster, a little bit of preparation will make the difference between a smooth landing or ending up face-first in a snowdrift. Here are four ways to avoid an epic fail.

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by Adam Armstrong

DDN’s All-Flash IME14K Is Powered By Toshiba’s ZD6000 Dual Port NVMe SSDs

Today Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. announced that it is collaborating with DataDirect Networks (DDN) on its IME14K appliance. Toshiba’s dual-port ZD6000-series Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) solid state drives (SSD) are now being used in the IME14K to enable application acceleration and burst buffer technologies of DDN. The two companies claim that by combining the these technologies the appliance can deliver game changing performance, offer critical redundancy, and a low latency profile at the application layer, providing impressive compute ROI.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Reports 4Q and FY 2016 Earnings

Today Seagate Technology reported its results for both its fourth quarter and its fiscal year ending on July 1, 2016. Tech stocks have been on a bit of a bumpy path recently including Seagate. However the numbers reported today show a small increase pointing the company in a better direction. Seagate’s stock has been doing much better since their 3Q earnings were announced back in April.

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by Adam Armstrong

Backblaze Releases Its 2Q HDD Reliability Results

Backblaze has released its latest HDD reliability results, this time the results are for the second quarter of 2016. This go round, Backblaze has added some 8TB Seagate drives to the mix while retiring some smaller capacity, 2TB, HGST drives. This quarter Backblaze looked at nearly 70,000 hard drives for almost 6 million drive days or roughly 16,000 years.

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