by Adam Armstrong

Virtual Instruments Debuts Beta Of Free Cloud-based Workload Analysis Service

Today at EMC World Conference in Las Vegas (booth #931), Virtual Instruments announced the beta launch of its new free storage workload analysis service and community, WorkloadCentral. WorkloadCentral is designed to help IT resources better understand how their application workloads interact with the underlying storage infrastructure. It will be able to make better deployment choices by using WorkloadCentral to gain insight into application workload performance profiles gaining a better understanding, while being able to benchmark and analyze existing storage infrastructure.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate & WD See More Woes With The Release Of 3Q Earnings

The ride has gotten a bit bumpy for Seagate and WD as of late (though the road is rocky for a large portion of tech companies right now). Two weeks ago Seagate adjusted its earnings outlook trying to soften the blow of today. This lead us to speculate if Seagate’s lack of a robust flash portfolio may end up hurting them as they move forward in a world where flash is ascending the throne. WD also had a less than stellar earnings last quarter. Both companies have released their third quarter earnings to more bad news.

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by Adam Armstrong

Iron Mountain Introduces Cloud Archive Solution

Earlier this week Iron Mountain Inc. announced its new Cloud Archive offering. Iron Mountain states that this offering will offer a cost-effective, scalable repository for organizations needing to protect and preserve data retained short or long term for compliance, legal or value-creation purposes. This solution can scale to meet customer needs as their data grows while keeping everything secure and easy to access at Iron Mountain’s Underground Facility in Boyers, Pennsylvania.

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by Brian Beeler

Storage Deals

No one wants to pay list price for storage and with the rapidly falling prices of NAND, SSDs for instance are getting more affordable by the day it seems. We've set up this page to highlight some of the best deals available on SSDs, hard drives, NAS systems and more, but only for products we trust. Consider this a curated list of deals that's largely based on our consumer storage leaderboard that highlights our favorite products in each category. If you find a great deal, let us know about it.

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by Tucker Mindrum

Seagate Now Shipping 10TB Enterprise HDD

Seagate has announced volume distribution of their tenth-generation 10TB Enterprise HDD. This drive is the flagship offering of Seagate's nearline portfolio, and is distinct from conventional HDDs through its use of Helium to create an almost frictionless environment. This approach ultimately reduces friction on the platters, allowing spindles to function more efficiently and last longer. Seagate has optimized this HDD for use in large-scale cloud infrastructures.

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM Announces 3 New All-Flash Arrays

Today IBM announced that it was expanding its all-flash portfolio with three new arrays, including an all-flash mainframe. IBM states that these new all-flash arrays (AFAs) will help accelerate the adoption of “cognitive solutions” and help customers extract value from data faster so it can be turned into competitive advantage. The new AFAs have new capabilities including self-optimizing technology and industry-leading minimum latency of 250μs (microsecond). The AFAs are aimed at high performance cloud-based applications and workloads.

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by Tucker Mindrum

SanDisk Announces Z410 SSD For Mainstream Enterprise Use

Today, SanDisk announced a cost-efficient 2.5-inch SSD derived from their successful Z400 line. SanDisk designed the Z410 SSD to incentivize the transition from HDD-based platforms for mainstream businesses that value durability and energy efficiency.

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by Lyle Smith

Ceph Community Announces First Large-Scale Ceph Storage Microserver Cluster

The Red Hat-sponsored Ceph Community has announced the first implementation of a large-scale Ceph storage cluster environment developed by WDLabs. Touted as both cost-effective and energy-efficient converged microserver, the Community indicates that this is the first demonstrated solution that offers true flexibility of applications executing on a microserver. Super Micro Computer contributed to this collaborative effort by designing and offering a specialized chassis for disaggregated storage, core servers, and networking. Just last month, SanDisk and Red Hat worked together to create flash-based Ceph storage solutions.

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by Lyle Smith

Coho Data Now Supports OpenStack & Adds SDN Integration Into Cinder Storage

Coho Data has announced support for OpenStack on DataStream and that their Cinder driver is a part of the OpenStack Mitaka. The scale-out flash storage company indicates that DataStream Cinder API integration will allow organizations to develop OpenStack block storage infrastructure, which will dynamically scale both performance and capacity depending on application demands.

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by Adam Armstrong

SwiftStack Releases Version 4.0

Today SwiftStack announced that it has released the latest version of its object storage software, SwiftStack Version 4.0. The latest version has “customer-driven capabilities” that will deliver scale and metadata search as well as plans for file native access and cloud synchronization. SwiftStack claims that these new features will help customers move from traditional file systems to more flexible, scalable cloud infrastructures in a more simple and accelerated fashion.

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