by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: LaCie, Dell EMC, Seagate, Datera, Lenovo, Nimble, Barracuda, DDN, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. LaCie has introduced what it calls the world’s fastest desktop storage. Dell EMC announced the GA of its Documentum for Life Sciences. Seagate launched what they are calling the world’s fastest HDD for mission critical workloads. Datera announced integration with Openstack FUEL. Lenovo is partnering with Nimble and DDN on two separate projects. All this is among a few other announcements.

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by Guest Author

Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Appliances: Making Software-Defined Data Center Architecture Ubiquitous

Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) is all the rage these days. Why? Because it is allowing CIOs to get out of the infrastructure business so they can focus on adding value to the core business. IT service used to be a component-level conversation about building solutions. But just as the underlying architecture of a smartphone is rarely on a consumer’s mind, the same is becoming true for the underlying elements of IT systems. The conversation is now centered around “How can I most efficiently deliver the needed service level?”

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by Adam Armstrong

Intel Introduces The P3100, The First M.2 NVMe SSD For Data Centers

Today Intel introduced its latest SSD series for the data center, the Intel SSD DC P3100 Series. Unlike most SSDs made for the data center, the P3100 is a single-sided M.2 form factor with an NVMe interface. The P3100 comes in capacities up to 1TB, endurance up to 580TBW, and performance up to 1.8GB/s sequential read.

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by Adam Armstrong

HDS Announces SVOS 7.0 & Upgrades Its VSP Line

Today Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced the latest version of its Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS), version 7.0. The latest version features enhanced QoS, new adaptive data reduction and support for all-flash cloud tiering. HDS is also upgrades its Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) arrays with a new all-flash VSP F1500 as well as a new VSP G1500.

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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba & NetApp Partner On Storage For FAS & E-Series

Today NetApp and Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. announced that Toshiba’s PX04S enterprise SAS SSDs will be shipping in NetApp’s hybrid FAS and E-Series systems. The PX04S is FIPS 140-2 certified adding another level of security to both the FAS and E-Series systems. Toshiba is a key supplier of SSDs for NetApp FIPS certified products and today’s announcement strengthens that bond.

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Enhances Its XP7 Storage Driving Down TCO

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) today announced enhancements to HPE XP7 Storage. The enhancements to XP7 are centered around improving performance and data reduction/capacity utilization that will result in greater consolidation and lower total cost of ownership.

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by Lyle Smith

Google Unveils New Storage Classes For Google Cloud Storage

Google has announced a significant refresh of Google Cloud Storage, including new storage classes, data lifecycle management tools, improved availability, lower prices and comprehensive storage options to cater to different use cases. Google has also unveiled the further expansion of their Google Cloud Platform (GCP) partner ecosystem.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD Review

The Samsung 960 PRO M.2 SSD is the newest addition to the company’s portfolio of high-performing solid-state drives. Whether it's a flash drive or an enterprise SSD, we always know what we are getting when Samsung releases a new storage product: quality components, good performance, and competitive pricing. So it’s always exciting to see a new drive hit the market. In this case, the Samsung 960 Pro is the successor of the 950 Pro, a drive that offered users a way to significantly upgrade their notebooks and workstations, coupled with enterprise-grade reliability features. The 960 offers more of the same, but is improved in virtually every way.

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by Adam Armstrong

Facebook Announces GA Of Its Wedge 100 Network Switch

In March of this year, Facebook announced its Wedge 100 top of the rack (TOR) switch. At the time Facebook had opened up the design of the Wedge 100 to the Open Compute Project (OCP). Facebook is now announcing that the Wedge 100 specification has been accepted by the OCP and brings Facebook one step closer to its goal of 100G data center.

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by Adam Armstrong

Seagate Reports 1Q 2017 Earnings

This week Seagate Technologies reported on its financial results for the first quarter of 2017. While all tech stocks have been less than spectacular, with the exception of a few, this is the second quarter in a row where things are looking up for Seagate’s finances. On top of better financial performance, Seagate’s stock is also showing an overall upward trend, albeit slowly.

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