by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Studio Photography of Large Equipment

Behind the scenes at StorageReview, we go to great lengths to offer detail-oriented photography you see published in reviews. To make this possible, we have an on-site studio where we can shoot devices as small as micro-SD cards and as large multi-shelf storage arrays. This setup includes three main components; a large light tent, a dSLR camera and a ton of continuous lighting... 1000 watts of CFLs or roughly 65,000 lumens. Those compnents along with some heavy lifting make our images possible.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Smart Cooling

As the StorageReview Test Lab continues to grow in terms of testing capacity and testing load at any given time, the cooling requirements and associated costs balloon as well. With 2,000-6,000 watts of compute activity throughout the week, or about 7,000 to 20,000 BTU of heating capacity, the costs just to cool the space can get quite hefty. The approach we've taken to address HVAC in our lab and building not only helps save us money, but literally heats our building during the heating months. While our needs may not be representative, most small data centers that start as telco rooms then grow into a rack or more of compute and storage, can have similar problems. 

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by Josh Linden

Pure Storage Introduces FlashStack Converged Infrastructure Solutions

Pure Storage today announced FlashStack CI, a new line of all-flash converged infrastructure solutions that is launching with architectures to pair the company’s FlashArray 400 Series arrays with Cisco UCS Blade Servers, Cisco Nexus switches, and VMware vSphere 5 or VMware Horizon 6. The inaugural FlashStack CI architectures are intended for use in high-performance turnkey stacks for virtual server and virtual desktop deployments at scale.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive Now Available

Toshiba has introduced the Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive, a storage solution that combines both the features of high-capacity external storage with the wireless functionality. The Canvio AeroCast Wireless Hard Drive comes in a 1TB capacity, has a battery life of up to five hours, and can connect simultaneously with up to six devices. Users can also connect the new hard drive to their Chromecast device by downloading Toshiba’s Google Cast Ready app.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces General Availability Of vRealize Cloud Management Solutions

VMware has announced the general availability of new cloud management offerings for its vRealize Suite 6. The new releases include: VMware vRealize Operations 6.0, VMware vRealize Business 6.0 Standard, VMware vRealize Business 8.2 Advanced and Enterprise, VMware vRealize Automation 6.2, VMware vRealize Log Insight 2.5, and a new solution for agile development and DevOps processes, VMware vRealize Code Stream 1.0. VMware also announced it will be listing developer content on the VMware Solution Exchange that is not part of the VMware Technology Alliance Program, partners and customers.

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by Lyle Smith

Avago 9300-16i and 9300-16e 12Gb/s SAS HBAs Released

Avago Technologies has announced its newest addition to their family of 12Gb/s SAS HBAs with the 9300-16i and 9300-16e. With 16 ports using internal or external storage connectivity, 12Gb/s SAS bandwidth, and nearly 2 million IOPS of performance, the Avago SAS 9300 HBA family (4-, 8- and 16-port options) allows OEMs and system builders to deliver maximum connectivity for high-end servers and storage systems and are designed exceed the most demanding requirements for data centers, web, and cloud. 

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Mellanox SX1024 Switch Configuration

In today's look into the StorageReview Lab, we are working on the initial configuration of a new Mellanox 10/40Gb Ethernet switch, the SX1024. Offering 48 10Gb SFP+ ports and 12 40/56Gb QSFP+ ports, it adds an immense number of ports to our top-of-rack connectivity for high-speed storage arrays and host connections. To get the switch up and running in our lab environment, we make a number of changes from the stock shipping configuration, which in most cases is a blank switch.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Adds Certification And Security Features To Its Hyper-Converged Platform

Nutanix Inc. announced added security capabilities for its Virtual Computing Platform. These capabilities include additional certification and new security features such as data-at-rest encryption. The company's Security Development Lifecycle (SecDL) is augmented by these capabilities, now having security embedded in every step of the software development process.

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by Adam Armstrong

Data Dynamics Releases StorageX Version 7.5

Today Data Dynamics Inc. announced the release of the latest version of its intelligence-based storage management solution, StorageX 7.5. StorageX is a proven solution, with over ten years of use, which has been optimized for use in heterogeneous storage resources in hybrid and cloud datacenter environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

Code42 Strengthens Security And Increases Productivity Features in EDGE Platform

Code42 has announced enhanced security and productivity features in its Code32 EDGE Platform. The EDGE Platform powers both CrashPlan, an enterprise endpoint backup, and SharePlan, an enterprise file sync/share. These new enhancements are aimed at increasing productivity without compromising endpoint data security.

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