by Josh Linden

Astute Networks Announces Updated ViSX G4 Appliances and Operating System

Astute Networks today announced ViSX G4 Performance Storage Appliances with increased capacity options and new support for OpenStack in cloud deployments as part of the updated ViSX OS version 5. The ViSX lineup of 2U rackmounted appliances are meant to accelerate virtual machine and application performance without extensive changes to existing storage infrastructure. ViSX G4 OS version 5 adds NFS v2, v3, and v4 protocols to existing iSCSI support.

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by Josh Linden

NetApp Introduces FAS8000 Unified Storage, DATA ONTAP 8.2.1, and FlexArray Virtualization Software

NetApp has announced a new line of enterprise storage systems and software for virtualized application environments and what the company describes as "unbound cloud" environments, which manage data across both private and public clouds. The new NetApp FAS8000 series is a hybrid array controller built on the updated Data ONTAP 8.2.1 that can provide unified SAN, NAS, and storage virtualization functions. New FlexArray virtualization software also enables the FAS8000 to virtualize third-party arrays as part of a software-defined storage solution.

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by Brian Beeler

Violin Memory To Lay Off Over 100 Employees, Exit PCIe Business

Violin Memory has announced plans to lay off over 100 employees as they continue along the path of restructuring. Violin has recently swapped out much of their executive leadership team to try to turn the ship around after a series of failures since going public last year. The latest announcement of trimming staff comes as the company tries to focus their product line offerings on what made them successful in the beginning. To this end it looks like their flash solutions for in-host systems may be coming to an end. 

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by Lyle Smith

LaCie Shipping 5TB Capacities For Its 5big Thunderbolt, 2big Thunderbolt, and d2 Thunderbolt Desktop Drives

‚ÄčLaCie has announced the availability of 5TB, 7200 rpm hard-drive capacities in its 5big Thunderbolt Series, 2big Thunderbolt Series, and d2 Thunderbolt Series of external storage solutions. With growing file formats for film and photography, the demand for more storage capacity has been driven even further. The availability of 5TB hard drives gives LaCie the ability to offer significantly more storage capacity all the while using the same compact desktop designs, saving valuable desktop space. LaCie is the first vendor to offer support for 5TB drives in their line of desktop storage devices.

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by Lyle Smith

VMware vSphere Mobile Watchlist Now Available

VMware has announced their vSphere Mobile Watchlist is now available, allowing users to remotely monitor important virtual machines in their vSphere infrastructure with a smartphone. Users can also discover diagnostic information about any alerts on their VMs with VMware Knowledge Base Articles and the web as well as remediating problems from a smartphone by using power operations or delegating the problem to someone on their team who is back at the datacenter.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel Xeon Processor E7 v2 Family Announced To Help Improve Storage Performance

‚ÄčIntel has announced the Intel Xeon processor E7 v2 family to aid companies in a variety of industries including retail, healthcare, banking, and transportation, to turn data into actionable insights. The new Intel family is also designed for mission critical computing, featuring the industry’s largest memory support to enable large data sets to be analyzed rapidly and deliver real-time insights based on vast amount of diverse data.

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by Lyle Smith

Barracuda Upgrades Copy With Security and Collaboration Features

Barracuda Networks has announced a number of new features, updates, and integrations to its file sync and share platform, Copy, their solution to simplifying the way organizations collaborate and work, from anywhere or any device. Copy, which was designed for both consumers and businesses in order to provide a more robust and feature-rich option, brings powerful capabilities and control to users and administrators to safely access, sign ,and share critical business data.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces the HG6 Series of Next Gen, High-Performance SSDs

Toshiba America has announced the next generation of their HG series of high performance SSDs, the new HG6 SSD line, which offers high-performance, power efficiency, and is designed for a variety of applications including Ultrabooks and data center servers. Capacities range up to 512GB.

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by Josh Linden

TwinStrata Announces Updates to CloudArray Software-Defined Storage

TwinStrata has announced the general availability of its updated CloudArray software, with improvements to file sharing across sites, bulk ingestion, and cloud-to-cloud migration. CloudArray is available as an all-in-one subscription that incorporates cloud storage, bandwidth, and unlimited software licenses, or as individual software licenses. Physical appliances are available for both editions.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba Announces the MG04 Series of 5TB 3.5-Inch Enterprise HDDs

Toshiba has announced the next generation of high-capacity 3.5-inch form factor enterprise HDDs, the MG04 series. The MG04 series is engineered for midline and nearline business critical workloads and is the industry’s first enterprise capacity category models that support industry standard 4K Advanced Format sector technologies. It also supports persistent write cache technology, which improves both performance and reliability. Additionally, the series is specifically designed for the high-capacity demands of mid-tier servers and cloud application workloads as well as for capacity-optimized data center storage systems that benefit from high capacity per spindle.

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