by Adam Armstrong

OCZ Announces the Launch of ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5

Today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, OCZ Storage solutions announced the launch of their next generation SQL Server acceleration solution, the ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5. The new ZD-XL SQL Accelerator 1.5 supports Microsoft SQL Server 2014, 2012 and 2008 R2 versions expanding on the key flash-based storage features that improve I/O access performance. With version 1.5 also comes OCZ's newly redesigned Z-Drive, the 4500, which offers the same performance as the older R4, but in a FHHL form-factor.

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by Adam Armstrong

Avere's Cloud Breakthroughs Help Them Raise $20 Million

Avere Systems has announced that they had raised an additional $20 million in venture financing. The funding was led by Western Digital Capital, and followed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners, and Tenaya Capital. Avere says the funding will be used for accelerating sales, marketing, and continued development of the company’s hybrid cloud storage solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Releases Virtualization Station

QNAP systems has announced the release of Virtualization Station, a virtualization operating platform for the Turbo NAS that allows multiple virtual machines (VMs) to be hosted on one Turbo NAS. Users can create isolated VMs o a single server and install different operating systems and applications.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Turbo NAS TS-x51 Series And UX-500P and UX-800P Expansion Enclosures Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the availability of the Turbo NAS TS-x51 series for SOHO and home users, which includes the 2-bay TS-251, 4-bay TS-451, 6-bay TS-651, and 8-bay TS-851. Also announced are two economical tower storage expansion enclosure companions, the UX-500P and UX-800P. The TS-x51 series is equipped with a Dual-core Intel Celeron 2.41GHz processor, 1GB of energy-efficient DDR3L RAM (expandable to 8GB), and supports dual LAN ports that boast upwards of 220MB/s for both read and write speeds all the while maintaining smooth system operations even during intensive data access or heavy multimedia streaming.

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by Adam Armstrong

Panzura Commoditizes Market with Free Cloud Gateways

Panzura has announced that it is completely commoditizing the cloud storage gateway market by offering a free cloud gateway virtual appliance. This cloud gateway appliance provides cloud storage access for disaster recovery, backups and archiving. In a partnership with Google Cloud Platform, Panzura will provide two terabytes of free storage for a full year for users of Panzura’s cloud gateway.

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by Lyle Smith

Microsoft Azure StorSimple 8100 and 8600, StorSimple Manager and Virtual Appliance Announced

Microsoft has announced two new, higher performing storage arrays and two new integrated management services, the StorSimple 8100 and 8600, which are two, new higher performing storage arrays with fasters connectivity (10G) and expanded workloads and Microsoft Azure StorSimple Manager and Virtual Appliance, which are two new integrated management services with consolidated management through Azure and Azure VM access to enterprise data.

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by Josh Linden

HGST Begins Shipping 10K RPM 1.8TB Ultrastar C10K1800 Hard Drives

HGST today announced that it is now shipping the first batches of its new Ultrastar C10K1800 hard drives in capacities up to 1.8TB. The Ultrastar C10K1800 is a 2.5-inch enterprise-class HDD with a 12Gb/s SAS interface and represents the first 10K drive to market at these capacities. HGST's new C10K1800 offerings are meant for applications which can leverage its low cost-per-GB, often as part of a storage infrastructure pools the Ultrastar C10K1800 with faster 15K hard drives or SSDs.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Announces XtremIO 3.0

EMC announced today the latest version of the software for their all-flash array, EMC XtremIO. The new XtremIO 3.0 software update comes with several new features and configurations, ecosystem integrations, and business programs. These new features are aimed at offering more scale, more capabilities, and more support for consolidated, virtualized, and performance-hungry workloads. Highlights include new features like inline compression and snapshots, support for additional X-Bricks per cluster and a new smaller-scale offering that starts at 5TB. 

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by Josh Linden

EMC Announces VMAX Family Re-architected for Enterprise Data Services and Hybrid Clouds

EMC today announced the VMAX3 family, which will shift VMAX towards what EMC describes as open enterprise data services. VMAX's enterprise data service model is an approach that can incorporate cloud access, data mobility, and data protection directly with local VMAX arrays. VMAX3 is built on the company’s new HYPERMAX OS and EMC’s Dynamic Virtual Matrix architecture and will leverage integrated cloud technologies via TwinStrata, who EMC announced the acquisition of today.

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by Lyle Smith

EMC Isilon OneFS Gets a Major Update; New Isilon Platforms Announced

EMC has announced a major upgrade to EMC Isilon OneFS and new solutions to reinforce their enterprise-grade, scale-out Data Lake. These new EMC products and capabilities, such as the support for HDFS, help customers improve their proficiency in ingesting, storing, protecting and managing massive amounts of unstructured data. By taking advantage of HDFS for the Data Lake, EMC gives customers the ability to bring Hadoop to their Big Data rather than the other way around, which avoids the time and costs inherent of moving petabytes of data. EMC also launched the new Isilon S210 and Isilon X410 platforms which feature 2X performance gains in addition to new SmartFlash capabilities and an EMC/Pivotal Data Lake Hadoop bundle. 

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