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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by Lyle Smith

QNAP HS-251 Silent NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the immediate availability of the HS-251, the next model in its Silent NAS series. Designed for the living room and as a home theater PC/NAS combo due to its quiet, fan-less build, the HS-251 is equipped with powerful hardware, a wide range of multimedia applications, real-time and offline Full HD video transcoding, and HDMI connectivity for local playback.

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by Adam Armstrong

QNAP Launches ECx80 Pro Series Turbo NAS & REXP-1000 Pro High-density Expansion Enclousre

Today QNAP systems launched new enterprise-class ECx80 Pro Series Turbo NAS and a new high-density expansion encloure, the REXP-1000 Pro, both feature a tower form factor. These new 8-bay and 10-bay Turbo NAS models can deliver scalability, up to 250TB (when combined with the REXP-1000 Pro), and high performance, throughput up 2,200 MB/s and 226,000 IOPS. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends Announces Disaster Recovery as a Service

Unitrends has announced the release of its new offering, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). Billed as an unequivocal Disaster Recovery Insurance, Unitrends’ DRaaS utilizes its ReliableDR, Unitrends Enterprise Backup and Unitrends Bridge to provide an automated business continuity solution that guarantees full recovery of entire IT infrastructure within hours of a declared disaster. This is a first-of-its-kind offering.

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by Adam Armstrong

Permabit Releases HIOPS Compression

Permabit Technology Corporation has announced the release of HIOPS compression, the first inline data reduction solution. Data compression has been around for decades however storage vendors have been unable to meet the performance requirements of the most active primary storage environments. HIOPS is designed to address the most demanding primary storage random access workloads, including online transaction processing database environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cray Announces Tiered Storage Solution

At the 2014 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany, Cray Inc. has announced the launch of a new data management and protection solution for Lustre file systems. Using Cray Tiered Adaptive Storage (TAS), this new capability is designed to simplify the management and preservation of data stored on Lustre, that has up until now been impractical to backup or protect with enterprise-class technology.

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by Brian Beeler

Dell Announces SC4000 Mid-Tier Flash and Hybrid Arrays

Dell Storage has announced the global release of a new lineup of SC4000 enterprise storage arrays engineered to integrate many of the company’s high-end storage technologies at price points within reach of mid-tier enterprise customers. The SC4000 series reflects Dell’s ongoing transition away from distinct Compellent and EqualLogic lines by drawing on both technology portfolios. From the Compellent side, this means intelligent data progression and placement technologies and write-optimized SLC and read-optimized MLC flash integration to optimize costs and performance along with all of the other data services Compellent is known for. EqualLogic contributes the iSCSI software stack. The net result is a fully-featured storage array that firmly targets the midmarket with a powerful, flexible array with an aggressive price point.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Introduces a Series of Appliances and Integrated Systems

Today at Dell User Forum 2014, Dell introduced a series of appliances and integrated systems: Dell Acceleration Appliance for Databases, Dell XC Series of Web-scale Converged Appliances, Dell Integrated Systems for Oracle 12c Database, and Dell In-Memory Appliances for Cloudera Enterprise. These new appliances are designed to speed deployment, management, and time to results for companies and help businesses of all sizes quickly stand up workload-specific applications and infrastructure.

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by Josh Linden

SanDisk Introduces ZetaScale Flash Optimization Software for Enterprise and Cloud Applications

SanDisk today announced the availability of ZetaScale software, a hardware-agnostic solution designed to optimize enterprise applications for use with flash storage. ZetaScale provides access to flash storage for applications such as in-memory computing, analytics, and NoSQL databases which have not necessarily been architected to take advantage of flash memory. ZetaScale can be deployed within data centers without making other changes to the existing environment.

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by Josh Linden

Violin Concerto 7000 All Flash Array with New Data Services Shipping

Violin Memory has today announced availability of an integrated solution featuring the Concerto 7000 AFA alongside a complimentary new software suite providing enterprise data services. The Concerto 7000 offers 70TB of raw storage across 3U and can scale up to 280TB in 18U, with a rated power requirement of 500W per rack unit. According to manufacturer benchmarks, the Concerto 7000 can achieve over 500K sustained IOPS at less than 0.5ms with a mixed workload. Customers can also upgrade existing 6000-series Violin arrays solutions with a Concerto 7000 upgrade kit.

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