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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by Lyle Smith

Synology Announces Several New Products at CeBIT 2014

Synology has introduced several new products at this year's CeBIT, including the DS414j, a budget-friendly NAS device for home use and small offices; the DS414slim, which is an eco-friendly option; the DS214air, which includes an 802.11ac WiFi and a USB WiFi dongle; the EDS14, which is designed specifically for surveillance cameras; and lastly the DS214play and DS414play, both of which are aimed at multimedia use.

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by Lyle Smith

Nimble Storage InfoSight Updated With New Performance Analytics Capabilities

Nimble Storage has announced new performance analytics capabilities within Nimble Storage InfoSight. These new capabilities are key improvements to the predictive analytics InfoSight has offered providing real-time monitoring, reporting, forecasting and planning capabilities to customers. InfoSight eliminates the time-consuming and manual process of determining how and where performance bottlenecks originate by providing an automatic diagnosis and correlation of leading factors that impact performance or latency. This results in customers being better positioned to implement specific tasks in real-time to keep their storage infrastructure running at full efficiency.

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by Josh Linden

Synology Releases DSM 5.0 Operating System

Synology today announced general availability of its DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0, the operating system that runs the company’s broad lineup of DiskStation and RackStation storage appliances. DSM 5.0 incorporates a new interface and updates to Synology’s Cloud Station that allow the management client to configure full or selective synchronization between multiple Synology storage devices. The new Central Management System can also aggregate and manage multiple Disk or RackStations from a single interface across petabyte-scale DSM clusters.

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by Josh Linden

DDN Announces Availability of WOS 360 Object Storage Platform and WOS Scale-Out Archive Nodes

DataDirect Networks (DDN) has released its new WOS 360 scale-out object storage solution, named in reference to full lifecycle support for unstructured data storage. In conjuction with the WOS 360 release, DDN has announced new Archive Nodes to scale active archives in conjunction WOS’s new Global ObjectAssure technology. A new WOS Connect partner development program will also increase opportunities and support for third party WOS 360 integrations.

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by Lyle Smith

Supermicro SuperSBB 2U/3U Cluster-in-a-Box Storage Solutions Announced

Supermicro has announced new 2U/3U Cluster-in-a-Box (CiB) storage solutions, which are certified and preinstalled with Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition. With the SuperSBB hardware running Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition, businesses have access to the latest storage innovations from Microsoft, such as Data Deduplication and Storage Spaces for maximizing and scaling your storage capacity; Storage Tiers, SMB Direct, SMB Multichannel, and NIC Teaming for maximum performance; and Enhancements to Failover Clustering and Hyper-V for improved reliability.

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by Tucker Mindrum

DreamWorks Details Partnership with HP for Mr. Peabody & Sherman

The newest addition to the repertoire of DreamWorks Animation, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, has been made possible due to its partnership with HP. DreamWorks Animations notably utilized both in-house HP products (like HP Z820 towers and HP DreamColor monitors) and the HP Converged Infrastructure (converged storage). Having visited the DreamWorks Animation data center in the Fall of 2012, we are especially interested in the latter.

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by Brian Beeler

VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) To Hit GA Next Week

In a webcast today, VMware announced their Virtual SAN (VSAN) software defined data center tools would be generally available next week, ahead of VMware's own schedule for release. VSAN was announced at VMworld in August of last year and has been well received by both storage vendors and the some 12,000 users that have enrolled in the VSAN beta program to date. VSAN gives unprecendented access to redundant nodes that combine compute and storage, layering into the virtualization environment that is managed through VMware's vSphere client. 

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by Brian Beeler

Fusion-io Announces Yelp is Using ioMemory for Data Acceleration

While high-speed flash is one of the more alluring components of the storage market at large, most major companies that figure out how to use storage for a competitive advantage like to keep such accomplishments quiet. Thus we rarely hear about major deployments in any public way. Today though, Fusion-io has announced that Yelp, the popular location-based coffee/bar/restaurant finder app, is using ioMemory to accelerate their databases. 

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by Lyle Smith

iXsystems FreeNAS Mini Released

iXsystems has announced that their new FreeNAS Mini home and small office storage solution is now available. The new 4-bay Mini, which boasts an 8-Core 2.4GHz Intel CPU and dual Gigabit network links, was designed from the ground up and extensively based on feedback received from the FreeNAS community. Aside from the powerful CPU, the Mini features 16GB of RAM (upgradable to 32GB) which combined with the latest version of FreeNAS, should make the device one of the fastest desktop form factor NAS units on the market. 

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