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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by Josh Linden

LSI Announces Converged VDI Appliance for VMware Horizon View

LSI Corporation has announced a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) appliance for use in VMware Horizon View environments. Developed in collaboration with EMC, Mellanox, and Supermicro, the appliance features LSI Nytro 3.2TB PCIe flash accelerator cards, Mellanox’s 40GbE interconnect solution, and Supermicro servers powered by EMC ScaleIO. The appliance is designed to support new deployments and provides a means for linear scaling of capacity and performance via additional nodes.

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by Lyle Smith

G-Technology Now Shipping The G-DRIVE, G-DRIVE Mobile, and G-DRIVE PRO Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 Drives

G-Technology has announced that it is now shipping its new G-DRIVE with Thunderbolt and G-DRIVE mobile with Thunderbolt external storage solutions. These two new drives are specifically designed for consumers and professionals looking for one of the fastest desktop or mobile Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 storage solutions on the market. Both G-DRIVES are equipped with a high-performance 7,200 RPM hard drive, sport a sleek, durable aluminum enclosure, and are plug-and-play ready for the Mac (easily reformatted for Windows).

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by Lyle Smith

Dell Announces Secure, Cost-Effective Thin Client and Infrastructure Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and vWorkspace

Dell has announced the expansion of its Cloud Client-Computing solutions portfolio to include support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and vWorkspace. This combines existing infrastructure offerings for Windows Server 2012 R2 and vWorkspace into a single, end-to-end Hyper-V based desktop virtualization solution. This new reference architecture starts at under $250 a seat, including datacenter infrastructure, licensing and a three year ProSupport subscription, and is designed to provide organizations with integrated infrastructure options that deliver performance, agility, and efficiency. It also ensures enterprise-level VDI features for one of the lowest price-per-seat solutions available today.

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by Lyle Smith

VMware, Cisco, NetApp and Equinix Announce the “OneStep” Adoption of Desktops as a Service

VMware has announced a new turnkey Desktops as a Service (DaaS) solution related to their ongoing efforts in aiding cloud providers who want offer simple and cost-effective DaaS. VMware's partnership with best-of-breed technology from leading cloud vendors are set to deliver the industry’s only turnkey solution for service providers offering DaaS.

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by Lyle Smith

VMware Virtual SAN Now Supports Broad Ecosystem

VMware has announced broad partner ecosystem support for VMware Virtual SAN, VMware's first Software-Defined Storage product. VMware Virtual SAN--which is currently in a very successful public beta--will be certified with hardware servers and devices from Cisco, Dell, EMC, Fusion-io, HGST, a Western Digital company, HP, IBM, Intel, LSI, Samsung Electronics, SanDisk and Seagate at general availability. This will provide customers with a fantastic range of options on which to run VMware Virtual SAN. 

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by Josh Linden

Fusion-io Announces New and Updated ioMemory Flash Solutions for Virtualized Environments

Fusion is announcing updates and enhancements across its ioMemory-based virtualization solutions, including new ioVDI software for virtual desktop infrastructure acceleration, updated ioTurbine caching software, a VMware Reference Architecture for the ioControl hybrid flash array, and VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) certification. Each of these solutions uses ioMemory devices and software to target bottlenecks in virtualization performance.

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by Josh Linden

Atlantis Computing Releases ILIO Unified Software-Defined Storage Solution

Atlantis Computing today announced its new Atlantis ILIO USX (Unified Software-defined Storage) platform for virtualized environments. ILIO USX software can pool and tier combinations of inactive storage throughout the datacenter including from SAN, NAS, RAM, and DAS.  Atlantis ILIO USX is deployed via virtual machines that integrate with the hypervisor as an NFS or iSCSI datastore to present file and block based storage to applications.

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by Josh Linden

Fusion-io Launches ioVDI Acceleration Software for VMware Virtual Desktops

Fusion-io today announced general availability of its Fusion ioVDI software, which accelerates VMware View persistent virtual desktop (VDI) environments via high-performance flash for read and write caching engineered for the requirements of VDI storage. Fusion’s proprietary Write Vectoring technology directs session-based desktop writes to server-side flash, improving virtual desktop performance by only directing writes to slower shared storage when data needs to be persistent between sessions.

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by Josh Linden

Fusion-io Announces Hybrid ioControl and All-Flash ION Accelerator Appliances

Fusion-io has announced two new integrated solutions being sold through VARs that are part of the company's recent moves to make its flash acceleration solutions accessible to small and medium enterprises. These include Fusion-io's new ioControl Hybrid Storage Appliance as well as their ION Data Accelerator, which utilize ioMemory to accelerate application and virtualization storage workloads. A hybrid ioControl appliance is now shipping, with an all-flash ION Data Accelerator appliance expected to be widely available in spring 2014.

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