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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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba AL13SXB and AL13SXQ Enterprise Capacity HDDs Announced

Toshiba America has announced new additions to the enterprise capacity hard disk drives, the AL13SXB and the self-encrypting AL13SXQ. Toshiba's 2.5-inch form factor AL13SXB and AL13SXQ have 15mm z-height and spin at speeds of 15,000 RPM, which makes the AL13SX series ideal for mission critical enterprise storage applications.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Cloud EX2 Now Available

WD has announced the My Cloud EX2, the newest addition to their line of personal cloud storage devices, offering a feature-rich, stable, and secure network storage solution of up to 8TB. The EX2 is designed specifically for small businesses, pro users, workgroups and anyone else looking for a reliable way to save, share, back up, stream and manage large amounts of digital data. While the previous models--the My Cloud and My Cloud EX4--were 1- and 4-bay respectively, the EX2 finds middle ground as a 2-bay NAS, which is virtually the only difference between the other two My Cloud versions.

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by Josh Linden

OCZ Announces Z-Drive 4500 PCIe SSDs with Windows Accelerator Software

OCZ Storage Solutions today announced the availability the new Z-Drive 4500 PCIe series, an update to the successful Z-Drive R4. The Z-Drive 4500 uses 19nm Toshiba MLC NAND flash and is available in 800GB, 1.6TB, and 3.2TB. The Z-Drive 4500 integrates with OCZ’s new Windows Accelerator (WXL) Software, a flash management and caching solution for Microsoft Windows Server applications that can make the drive available as a local flash volume, a flash cache for HDD volumes, or both.

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