by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Makes Multiple Announcements At CES 2016

CES is always full of announcements from various vendors. Each year vendors announce new products, new enhancements, new partners, or new services. QNAP is covering the whole gamut with announcements for consumer, SMB, and enterprise for its networked storage. Among the announcements is a portable NAS, the TBS-453A.

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by Lyle Smith

WD Red Pro 6TB Review

The 6TB Red Pro builds on WD's portfolio of purpose-built hard drives for NAS, offering a 50% capacity boost over the previous highest capacity model (4TB WD Red Pro). The Red Pro family is designed to address the needs of those using storage systems up to 16 bays, ideal for SMBs and remote/branch offices that rely on NAS storage. Red Pro drives differentiate form the Red line with faster 7K spindle speed, extended thermal burn-in testing, hardware-based vibration compensation and a longer warranty. Read more

by Adam Armstrong

Samsung Announces New T3 2TB Portable SSD

Today at CES Samsung Electronics America Inc. announced the latest version of their portable external SSD, the T3. The T3 is a palm-sized SSD that uses Samsung's V-NAND technology to give it 2TB of capacity. The T3 is ideal for professionals that need to store and transfer large files to multiple devices on the go, but don't want a large bulky drive taking up space.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP Updates CloudLink App

QNAP has announced the latest release of their CloudLink app, which is designed to improve the remote access functions of the myQNAPcloud service for easier access to QNAP devices via the Internet; all without any complex domain redirection processes. With the CloudLink app, users will have timely access to their files on a QNAP NAS using myQNAPcloud or by sharing download links with contacts to track the task status.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron First Quarter Results Fall Short Of Estimates

Micron released their first quarter results for 2016 and missed revenue expectations. Analysts were looking for $3.46 billion in revenue and Micron reported $3.35 billion (Micron’s revenue was $4.57 billion this quarter last year). Not only that, Micron’s revenue prediction for this quarter, which is between $2.9 billion and $3.2 billion, is under what analysts are anticipating, $3.5 billion. The stock immediately took a hit dropping down to near its overall low for the year.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Files Paperwork For Purposed IPO

Yesterday Nutanix announced that it has filed its S-1 form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the first step of going public. Nutanix will be traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “NTNX.” A specific time frame isn’t available yet but it seems that the IPO will be in the next few weeks.

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

Samsung Magician and Data Migration Overview

Samsung has produced several high performing SSDs. Their 2.5”, mSATA, and M.2 all currently sit at the top of our leaderboard. Along with its high-performing and innovative SSDs, Samsung also updates its incredibly useful software suite including Samsung Data Migration (SDM) currently in version 3.0 and is Samsung Magician software (currently in version 4.9).

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by StorageReview Consumer Desk

How to Upgrade Samsung SSD Firmware

Samsung has an inherent advantage in the SSD space in that they own their own NAND and controller and build the SSD firmware and software in-house. The results on the software side are evident; Samsung's Magician software package is one of the most robust in the industry, providing customers with an easy way to manage and optimize their SSD. Operating in-house also means Samsung can update their firmware faster and more often, in turn providing users with a reliable and stable experience. While SSD firmware isn't always easy to update, the Samsung Magician tool makes the task about as easy as it gets. Samsung also provides firmware update tools for those who prefer a bootable USB/CD option as well.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp To Acquire SolidFire For $870 Million

Today NetApp Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SolidFire for $870 million in cash. NetApp has a few all-flash arrays (AFA) including its EF560, however the company is not known for its AFAs. SolidFire on the other hand is a market leader in AFAs that are built for next-generation data centers. The acquisition of SolidFire will combine the performance and economics of all-flash storage with a webscale architecture.

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by Adam Armstrong

Customers Can Now Control Pivot3’s vSTAC OS Through VMware vCenter Server

Pivot3 announced the release of a plug-in for its vSTAC OS Management Client Integration. This new plug-in connects directly with VMware vCenter Server and gives administrators a single point of control, through VMware interface, for Pivot3's global hyper-converged infrastructure technology.

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