by Lyle Smith

Toshiba 2.5-inch Solid State Hybrid Drives For Notebooks Released

Toshiba has announced their new 2.5-inch Internal Solid State Hybrid Drive is now available, offering a quick and easy way to upgrade any major brand of notebook computer. With the new hybrid SSD, Toshiba combines its proven and reliable hard drive and NAND technology with a Serial ATA interface to offer a significant performance, capacity and compatibility boost.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Canvio Desk Desktop 5TB External Hard Drive Now Available

Toshiba has announced their latest Canvio Desk Desktop External Hard Drive is now available, which is a high capacity storage device that saves significant work space with its small compact design. The new Canvio Desk offers up to 5TB of storage capacity and features a built-in USB 3.0 interface, significantly improving file transfer performance for large media files all the while minimalizing the wait time for back-up. Additionally, Toshiba’s new external drive is supported in both horizontal and vertical orientation, allowing it to fit perfectly in any home or office space.

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by Lyle Smith

Connected Data Drobo Gen3 Announced

Connected Data has announced the release of its latest 4-bay Drobo, a third generation device that is more affordable, three times faster than its predecessor and now features USB 3.0. Additionally, it is has significantly faster rebuild times as well as enhanced support for Apple’s Time Machine. Connected Data is also introducing a customer loyalty discount program, which includes $50 USD off for all first and second-generation Drobo customers in order to make the transition to a new system even more affordable.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 1.6TB NVMe SSD Featured In The New Dell PowerEdge R920 Server

Samsung has announced that its 1.6TB NVMe (non-volatile memory express) SSD is featured in the new Dell PowerEdge R920 server. Samsung and Dell, who both worked closely to optimize the storage capabilities of the PowerEdge R920, are the first companies in the world to ship PCIe SSDs using an NVMe protocol, allowing customers to get faster results.

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by Josh Linden

HP Expands Entry-Level MSA Storage Systems StoreEasy and StoreOnce Backup Solutions for SMBs

HP has announced a suite of storage devices, software, and other products engineered and priced for SMBs who are adopting shared storage or require scaling functionality in the future for IT initiatives such as consolidation, virtualization, application hosting. According to HP, the new MSA 1040 Storage system can achieve up to 50 percent better performance than its predecessor and will be offered at a 25 percent lower starting price.

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by Lyle Smith

Actifio Secures $100M in Oversubscribed Funding

Actifio has announced that it has secured an oversubscribed $100M funding round led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from current their investors: North Bridge, Greylock IL, Advanced Technology Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Technology Crossover Ventures. With these funds, Actifio plans hasten their expansion of market coverage, global brand development, and produce feature enhancements in data management solution for virtualized and Cloud IT architectures.

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by Josh Linden

SolidFire Announces Element OS Version 6 “Carbon”

SolidFire today announced Element OS 6 Carbon, the latest version of the operating system that powers the company's lineup of all-flash storage arrays. The enhancements include an optimized metadata layout for increased usable capacity, reatime replication, integrated backup and recovery with a REST-based API, 8Gb/s and 16Gb/s Fibre Channel connectivity, as well as VAAI primitives XCopy and ATS to offload data management operations to SolidFire arrays in VMware environments.

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by Lyle Smith

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) Now Generally Available

VMware has announced the general availability of VMware Virtual SAN, VMware’s first Software Defined Data Center product. A webcast event was held last week which detailed new information and pointed to this week for GA, however VMware did not release licensing and pricing information. Today VMware makes good on last week's promises by announcing pricing VMware Virtual SAN which is priced at $2,495 per processor and Virtual SAN for Desktop at $50 per user.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Partnership With Seagate and New Turbo NAS Solutions Announced

QNAP Systems has announced at a partnership with Seagate Technology at CeBIT 2014 to demonstrate a new series of Turbo NAS and storage expansion solutions with its new QTS 4.1 NAS operating system, VioStor NVR firmware QVR 5.0, and more. 

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by Josh Linden

Panasas Releases PanFS 5.5 for ActiveStor NAS Appliances

Panasas today released PanFS 5.5, the architecture, filesystem, and operating system for its ActiveStor lineup of NAS appliances. PanFS 5.5 features improved support for Windows environments, including the replacement of open-source Samba components with a licensed Microsoft CIFS/SMB implementation to improve interoperability with Windows storage and application infrastructures.

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