by Mark May

EMC ProtectPoint Overview

Last month EMC hosted a Megalaunch in Londer, announcing their new VMAX family as well as a several other offerings. Though we mentioned ProtectPoint at the time (last paragraph before availability) there wasn't a tremendous amount of detail at the event. Since then EMC has provided much more on the emerging technology. ProtectPoint is a data protection offering which hopes to bring the benefits of snapshots together with the benefits of backups. By integrating the primary storage with the protection storage, ProtectPoint reduces cost and complexity, increases speed, and maintains recoverability of backups.  

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by Adam Armstrong

Syncplicity Releases A New App For iPhones

Syncplicity has released a new version of their app for iPhones, version 3.2.0. Syncplicity is EMC’S cloud-based file management and collaboration platform. The app gives users secure, full access to all of their files on their mobile devices.

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by Josh Linden

PMC NVMe Controllers and Flashtec Non-Volatile DRAM Drives Announced

PMC today announced its new Flashtec NVRAM drive, built from DRAM paired with a flash-based backup unit that provides persistence during power failures. The Flashtec NVRAM uses a PCIe 3.0 interface and can be mapped directly by its host as persistent memory, a configuration which PMC benchmarked at ten million IOPS with small random access transactions. The drive can also be configured as an NVMe block device for DMA transactions, which reached one million random read IOPS in manufacturer 4K benchmarks.

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by Josh Linden

Memblaze FlashRAID Controllers Announced

Memblaze has announced the addition of a new FlashRAID controller family to its portfolio of storage solutions that leverage the company’s proprietary portfolio of flash storage technologies. FlashRAID is a PCIe 3.0 controller solution capable of consolidating up to 12 NVMe SSDs into a single pool. SSD storage that is being managed by a FlashRAID controller can take advantage of Memblaze’s proprietary global wear-leveling technology for improved flash storage reliability and longevity.

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by Adam Armstrong

Silicon Motion SM2256 SSD Controller for TLC NAND Released

Silicon Motion Technology today introduced the SM2256 SSD controller. The SM2256 is the world’s first complete merchant ASIC/firmware SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller solution, which supports 1x/1y/1z nm triple-level cell (TLC) NAND and the upcoming 3D NAND from all major NAND suppliers. This makes Silicon Motion the only merchant controller supplier offering a SATA 6Gb/s SSD controller with complete ASIC and firmware for TLC NAND.

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by Lyle Smith

BiTMICRO MAXio E-Series PCIe SSDs Now Available

BiTMICRO Networks has announced the MAXio E-Series PCIe SSDs, which are powered by BiTMICRO’s patented Talino ASIC Architecture. The new MAXio E-Series SSDs are designed deliver the capacity, performance, and reliability companies require in order to support high volume application workloads. The MAXio E-Series SSD is an ideal solution for enterprise applications with heavy load demands including video-on-demand, video streaming, online transaction processing, non-linear editing, gaming, file servers, web applications and cloud services.

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by Josh Linden

HGST FlashMAX III, ServerCache 4.0 Announced

HGST today announced preliminary details about the new generation of its FlashMAX application accelerator family: the FlashMAX III, a PCIe 3.0 SSD. The FlashMAX III will be available in various models engineered to address the I/O profiles and bottlenecks of several specific use cases. This announcement also marks the availability of HGST’s new ServerCache software which establishes a hybrid flash environment with resources already available via existing servers and network infrastructure.

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by Brian Beeler

WD SSD Revenues Grow 43% Year over Year

WD reported their fiscal yearly results this week and overall the numbers looked pretty similar to most other quarters/years that get reported in the HDD business. The HDD business is an oligopoly that is impossible to penetrate by a new entrant. Thus, WD and its fully owned HGST division, take their near half of the business, Seagate takes their big share and Toshiba takes what's left over. Where the market is different though is in the enterprise SSD business where WD has invested substantially over the last year. Here, HGST shows significant growth as they hold a strong position in the enterprise SAS SSD segment, driving in over $500 million in revenue in fiscal 2014. 

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by Josh Linden

Cisco Announces Three Additions to MDS 16Gbps Fibre Channel Storage Networking Portfolio

Cisco today announced three new products that will to join its 16G Fibre Channel SAN lineup: the MDS 9148S Multilayer Fabric Switch, MDS 9706 Director, and a new MDS 9700 multi-protocol FCoE module. These solutions can each be managed via Cisco’s NX-OS operating system which is used for the company’s Nexus Ethernet data center networking lineup, MDS storage networking solutions, and UCS compute servers.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP Releases LeftHand OS 11.5 for StoreVirtual

HP has updated the LeftHand OS to version 11.5; LeftHand OS powers the latest HP StoreVirtual storage platforms and virtual storage appliance (VSA). This upgrade comes with new features as well as enhancements to several existing features. The largest updates target VSA users, with the addition of Adaptive Optimization (AO) which is the auto-tiering functionality found in hybrid StoreVirtual solutions like the 4335 1U nodes. AO will also now come included with 10TB and 50TB VSA licenses. 

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