by Brian Beeler

Violin Sells PCIe Business to Hynix

Violin Memory has entered into an agreement to sell off their shuddered PCIe flash storage business to SK hynix for roughly $23 million and the assumption of liabilities totaling $.5 million. In late February Violin announced they'd be exiting the PCIe storage business as part of a more broad restructuring. The PCIe business never made sense for Violin anyway, who's real value-add is in their high performance AFAs, not host-side integrations. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Fusion-io ION Accelerator gets SAP Certification

Fusion-io announced today that its all-flash Fusion ION Accelerator version 2.3 is now SAP certified. The certification enables the ION Accelerator to participate in SAP’s program for SAP HANA. Fusion-io's participation in the program allows customers to leverage their existing hardware and infrastructure components for their SAP HANA-based environments. The ION Accelerator appliance has been SAP certified to scale to 32 HANA nodes, making it one of the industry’s leading storage solutions for HANA.

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by Mark May

EMC XtremIO Version 2.4 Hits GA

EMC has announced the general availability of version 2.4 of its all flash array (AFA), XtremIO. XtremIO is an all-flash storage array which is purpose built to deliver on the full potential of flash with all the array-based capabilities required of a mature storage platform. Until now EMC has done a great job with the performance aspects of XtremIO but has lagged behind in some of the array-based capabilities. This new version looks to remedy that problem.

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by Lyle Smith

Samsung Launches New SSDs Based on 2nd Gen 3D V-NAND

Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of the industry’s first three-dimensional (3D) V-NAND flash memory using 32 vertically stacked cell layers, its second generation V-NAND offering.‚Äč Samsung’s 32-layer 3D V-NAND (or Vertical NAND) requires a higher level of design technology to stack the cell arrays than the previous 24-layer V-NAND; however, it still delivers much greater production efficiency as Samsung will essentially be using the same equipment it used for production of the first generation V-NAND.

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by Brian Beeler

Seagate to Acquire LSI Flash Storage Business from Avago

In the last few weeks Avago Technologies closed on their acquisition of LSI and now Avago has agreed to sell off the LSI flash storage assets to Seagate for $450 million. Formally the groups are referred to as the Accelerated Solutions Division (ASD) and the Flash Components Division (FCD) which accounts for the SandForce controller business and Nytro PCIe flash drives. The move comes as Seagate has been forced into action to react to the growth in the client and enterprise flash markets. They've also been flat out bludgeoned by WD, who has invested roughly a billion dollars in flash companies like STEC and Virident, the latter of which Seagate had just invested in when WD took out the entire company.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST FlashMAX II Now Available In Oracle Validated Configuration

HGST (Virident) has announced the availability of an Oracle Validated Configuration for FlashMAX II in addition to HP ProLiant running Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel and Oracle Database 12c. With the Oracle Validated Configuration program, system implementation and deployment is simplified with its pre-tested and validated architecture, including software, hardware, storage, and network components. Virident FlashMAX Connect software suite allows Oracle administrators to confidently configure Oracle Real Application Clusters distributed across multiple FlashMAX II PCIe cards. This combination provides a flexible, all-flash server-side storage pool of up to 72TB per node, which reduces storage performance bottlenecks and creates a distributed and reliable storage architecture.

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by Lyle Smith

ASUSTOR AS-204RS 4-Bay Rackmount NAS Released

ASUSTOR has announced the launch of their new 4-bay rackmount AS-204RS NAS device which supports up to 24TB of raw storage with 6TB hard drives. The new NAS is designed for small to medium enterprises and is equipped with a Intel Atom 1.2 GHz dual-core processor as well as 1GB of DDR3 memory. In addition, the AS-204RS comes with 2 gigabit Ethernet ports and 4 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. Users can also take advantage of the USB ports to attach external devices including printers, UPS, or external hard drives. All AS-204RS devices come built-in with ASUSTOR’s ADM operating system, offering IT administrators a wide range of complete backup solutions and a variety of business applications. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology DS414slim 4-Bay NAS Announced

Synology has announced the DS414slim, a 4-bay NAS that fits in the palm of your hand. Using 2.5" drives, the DS414slim has a max capacity of 6TB (1.5TB x 4). The DS414slim using the DiskStation Manager (DSM) 5.0 OS, twice as much RAM as its predecessor (DS411slim), a floating-point unit, and has the ability to serve up to 128 active connections. All this can be achieved with a surprisingly small footprint.

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by Brian Beeler

IBM to Stop Reselling NetApp Storage

According to a report from Bloomberg, IBM is ending their reselling relationship with NetApp. The report indicates that IBM will stop selling NetApp units tomorrow, opting instead to try to drive sales of the rebadged IBM N series arrays to something else within the IBM portfolio. IBM was the largest OEM customer of NetApp accounting for roughly 2% of NetApp's revenue; the deal had been in place since 2005. The move comes at a time where both companies are struggling to keep pace with the market, IBM in particular is hurting the worst. Despite their claims around investing $1 billion in flash and deploying niche products like SSD storage in the memory channel, IBM's product lines aren't resonating with the enterprise at large. 

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba MC Series 5TB 7,200 RPM Enterprise HDD Announced

Toshiba has announced the MC Series, Toshiba’s first enterprise high-capacity hard disk drives specifically designed for bulk storage systems and servers that support cloud-based applications and scale-out workloads. Its 3.5-inch form factor allows the MC Series to offer up to 5TB of storage with 7,200 RPM performance making it particularly suitable for workloads and storage requirements generated by cloud computing.

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