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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by Adam Armstrong

Toshiba Releases New SD Cards And A New Flash Drive

Today Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. released 3 new flash products. Toshiba has released a new TransMemory U202 USB 2.0 flash drive. And they have released two new SD cards, the Exceria N301 SD Card and the Exceria M301 microSD Card. Each of these new devices runs up to 128GB in capacity.

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by Adam Armstrong

Exablox Offers Both Inline Variable & Fixed-Length Deduplication As Well As Inline Compression

Today Exablox announced that it has added variable-length deduplication to its OneBlox appliance as well as offering an on-premises storage management solution, Private OneSystem. Adding variable-length deduplication makes Exablox the only storage provider to offer both inline variable-length and fixed-length deduplication along with inline compression in a single storage pool. Private OneSystem will compliment Exablox’ existing cloud-based storage management offerings.

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by Lyle Smith

Carbonite To Acquire EVault

Carbonite has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire EVault, a division of Seagate Technology and provider of business continuity and disaster recovery. With the acquisition, Carbonite believes that it will be able provide a full suite of solutions that are cost-effective, easy to use and meet the needs of all SMBs. A purchase price of $14 million in cash was set for all of the assets of EVault’s operations.

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by Lyle Smith

Barracuda Announces New Cloud Archiving Service

Barracuda has announced Barracuda Cloud Archiving Service, designed to help organizations with compliance as well as to efficiently address eDiscovery requests. Barracuda also unveiled its Microsoft Office 365 strategic initiative in order to assist organizations in managing their businesses when moving to (and managing in) Office 365. Barracuda indicates that the company’s new cloud-based archiving service supports this Office 365 initiative adding that end users can have read only access to search and view email from anywhere on any device that uses a web or mobile interface via integration with Microsoft Outlook on Windows, or with native applications for MacOS, iOS, and Android.

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by Lyle Smith

Cleversafe Announces Software Defined/Hardware Aware Storage Approach

Cleversafe has announced its software defined/hardware aware storage approach, which is designed to take hidden costs and complexity out of software defined storage (SDS) by giving enterprises the ability to manage their hardware and software from a single management system. In addition, they have also announced newly certified hardware platforms built to give enterprise customers greater deployment flexibility.

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by Adam Armstrong

Druva Announces First Combined FIPS & AWS GovCloud Solution

Today Druva announced that it was the first company to provide Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) enabled endpoint data protection in the Amazon Web Service (AWS) GovCloud. This will be ideal for government agencies and contractors that must adhere to the FIPS 140-2 encryption standard but that want to run their applications in the cloud.

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