by Brian Beeler

If Your Databases Aren't on Flash, You're Doing it Wrong

The title isn't meant to be incendiary, though it may come of as such. It's simply meant to communicate the point that the benefits of flash in the data center are so proven that if you're not taking advantage of flash in some capacity there are two main reasons why. Either one, you're afraid, or two, your data is low value and no one wants to access it. That's about it, the long-standing concerns over price and endurance have been mitigated and for certain applications like databases, flash delivers a better experience with lower cost of ownership. 

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by Adam Armstrong

IBM and Pure Storage Announce Patent and Cross-License Agreements

IBM and Pure Storage have announced that Pure Storage has acquired over 100 storage and related technology patents from IBM. Both companies have signed a patent cross-license agreements without disclosing financial terms.

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by Lyle Smith

QNAP IS-400 Pro Turbo NAS Now Available

QNAP Systems has announced the release of their IS-400 Pro Turbo NAS, an all-in-one industrial, 2.5” SSD/HDD compatible four-bay NAS designed for reliable operation. Built with a rugged fanless design, the new Turbo NAS is built specifically for factories, warehouses, vehicles, shop floors, and other non-office settings looking for a reliable NAS and surveillance solution with high performance, durability, and persistent throughput. The IS-400 Pro is equipped with a dual-core 1.1 GHz Intel Celeron Processor and 2GB DDR3 RAM, providing speeds of up to 221MB/s read and 214MB/s write.

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by Adam Armstrong

HP And DreamWorks Bring How To Train Your Dragon 2 To Life

DreamWorks Animation and HP have collaborated for over a decade on various animated movies. The release of How To Train Your Dragon 2 is the culmination of years of technical innovation. The movie was the most ambitious work from DreamWorks so far consisting of 700 million digital files that utilized for than 400 terabytes of data, over 130,000 individual, computer-generated frames, 270 billion pixels, and 90 million render hours with servers processing an average of 500,000 render jobs per day.

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by Adam Armstrong

Amazon Enhances Elastic Block Storage With SSD

Today, Amazon.com Inc. launched enhancements to their Elastic Block Storage (EBS) by backing the service with General Purpose (SSD) volume type as their default storage offering. EBS allows Amazon Web Service (AWS) users to create block storage that range in size from 1GB to 1TB. AWS can attach the volumes to Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), create snapshot backups, and create volumes of snapshots with optional free encryption.

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by Lyle Smith

NetApp FAS2500 And FAS8080 EX Storage Systems Announced

NetApp has announced two new storage system platforms to their portfolio: the performance-heavy FAS8080 EX and the entry value-focused FAS2500. The FAS8080 EX is designed for growing organizations and service providers looking for solutions that can handle performance-intensive SAN and NAS workloads at a very large scale, while the new entry-level FAS2500 hybrid arrays are built to simplify operations, increase productivity using superior integration with ecosystem, extend system life, and minimize future costs.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Launches Surveillance Station 6.3

Synology America announced today the launch of Surveillance Station 6.3, the latest version of its awarding winning NVR solution. Surveillance Station was designed to turn any Disk or RackStation into a network video recorder. Surveillance Station 6.3 comes with support for edge recording as well as removing the Java requirement for Mac users.

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by Lyle Smith

Synology RackStation RS3614xs Announced

Synology has announced the RackStation RS3614xs, the latest model in its rackmount XS series. The new XS uses Synology’s DiskStation Manager OS (DSM 5.0), providing enterprise storage features for small- to medium-sized businesses at an affordable price point. An extra 24 bays can be added with two RX1214(RP) expansion chassis for a total of 36-bays and up to 216TB of raw storage using 6TB drives. In addition, the RackStation RS3614xs is quoted to deliver sequential performance at more than 500MB/s and over 280,000IOPS.

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by Adam Armstrong

Asigra Outlines Its Software-Defined Data Protection Strategy

Today, Asigra Inc. introduced its new Asigra Software-Defined Data Protection (SDDP). The SDDP will provide highly scalable cloud backup storage by leveraging commoditized infrastructure and vendor agnostic technologies. This first-to-market technology will counter expensive monolithic systems and should speed deployment of cloud-ready storage for service providers. The technology is designed to lower operational costs (with claims up to 40-50% lower), simplify management, and speed time to market for new and existing providers.

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by Brian Beeler

SanDisk Buying Fusion-io for $1.1 Billion

SanDisk is adding to their comprehensive enterprise flash business by picking up Fusion-io for a reported $1.1 billion. SanDisk has recently been working through a refresh of their SATA and SAS SSD businesses, but they had curiously neglected to do anything with their PCIe offering, though truth be told, the PCIe Lightning cards were never competitive. It appears rather than invest in reviving that technology, SanDisk found the better and faster path to market was to absorb Fusion-io, who's held a long-time lead in PCIe flash space with innovative hardware design and comprehensive software. 

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