by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends Introduces Free Backup Capacity And Storage Inventory Reporting Tools

Unitrends has introduced two new free tools, Unitrends Backup Capacity Tool and Unitrends Storage Inventory Tool. The new pair enables businesses to identify significant cost savings by offering complete visibility into storage and file capacity and utilization. The tools are designed to help determine how much storage needs to be allocated for backups and which files are critical for backups.

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by Lyle Smith

Western Digital Capital Makes $10 Million Investment in Amplidata

Amplidata has announced that Western Digital Capital has made a $10 million strategic investment in the company. In addition, HGST has selected Amplidata’s Himalaya software to jointly develop a family of ultra-dense storage solutions in order to help tackle the rapidly growing demand to store data in both public and private cloud data centers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Barracuda Announces Data Protection Plus Initiative

Barracuda Networks Inc. announced today its new Data Protection Plus strategic initiative aimed at helping customers protect, manage, and share data through any device they use and from anywhere they are. Along with the new initiative they are announcing several new releases and major enhancements cross their portfolio of cloud-connected backup solutions, as well as their acquisition of C2C Systems.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Announces New Z Desktop and ZBook Workstations

HP has introduced their new HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 Desktop Workstations and HP ZBook 15 G2 and 17 G2 Mobile Workstations, combining increased system expandability, higher-speed memory, multicore updates, and access to the latest technologies to help customers future-proof their systems. The HP Z Desktops and HP ZBook Mobile Workstations are built to address the constraints of compute-intensive industries, such as with media and entertainment, graphic design, CAD, architecture, photography, manufacturing, finance, healthcare, scientific imaging, and oil and gas exploration. The new desktop workstations feature the latest Intel Xeon processor product family, with NVIDIA and AMD professional graphics options, while the new HP ZBook G2 and 17 G2 Mobile Workstations take advantage of powerful processing, including optional Intel quad-core processors paired with NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro professional graphics.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600/1600 v3 Families Announced

Intel has introduced the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 and E5-1600 v3 product families, which are designed to tackle diverse workloads and the rapidly growing needs of data centers. The new line of processors offer numerous enhancements including an increase in performance of 3x over the previous generation, energy efficiency, and enhanced security. The E5-2600/1600 v3 product families will be used in servers, workstations, storage and networking infrastructure to power a broad set of workloads such as data analytics, high-performance computing, telecommunications and cloud-based services, as well as back-end processing for the Internet of Things.

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by Lyle Smith

Dell PowerEdge Gen13 Servers Released

Dell has unveiled its most advanced portfolio of PowerEdge servers to date, which was designed to help customers address and optimize the evolving spectrum of application and workload requirements. The 13th generation of Dell PowerEdge servers are also built to optimize price performance for the widest range of web, enterprise, and hyper scale applications, and features advancements in storage, processing and memory technology coupled with systems management capabilities.  The new Dell PowerEdge portfolio offers customers a choice in how they tackle industry trends including cloud computing, mobility, big data, and software-defined.

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by Lyle Smith

Lenovo ThinkServer RD550, RD650, and TD350 Announced

Lenovo has announced its next-generation enterprise-class server portfolio, the ThinkServer RD550 and RD650 as well as the ThinkServer TD350, which are designed to provide flexibility and reliability for traditional and software-defined data center environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Introduces Significant Innovations To Its Unified Computing System

Today Cisco UCS introduced significant innovations to its Unified Computing System (UCS). Cisco has broadened their portfolio with new products aimed at cloud service providers, high capacity media streaming, small IT environments, and data-intensive computing. The new portfolio of technologies is aimed at helping customers capitalize on the rapidly changing landscapes in compute needs and massive data storage. Cisco has launched several new offerings, but the highlight is the new M-Series of modular servers that dramatically shifts how compute deployments are made in large-scale environments. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Announces The DS115j Single-Bay NAS

Today Synology America Corp. announced the DS115j NAS. The DS115j is a single bay NAS and one of the most economical NAS units on the market. The DS115j runs Synology's award winning OS, DiskStation Manager (DSM).

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by Brian Beeler

Cisco Temporarily Halts Flash Array Shipments

Word began quickly circulating this week that Cisco has halted shipments of their UCS Invicta all flash arrays. Cisco picked up the Invicta technology from Whiptail for $415 million a year ago, but hasn't been outwardly communicative about their plans for the AFAs. Apparently now multiple customers are complaining of quality issues relating to scalability of the arrays. For their part Cisco paused sales of the product and is furiously working to address the issues, with plans to start shipping again in October, presumably after a new OS turn is made available to their customers.

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