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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by Brian Beeler

EMC VMAX FlashBoost Released

EMC has announced VMAX FlashBoost software which allows VMAX arrays with SSD to operate more efficiently, driving performance gains by up to 75%. EMC is also offering their customers larger SSDs and making flash easier to buy by offering pre-configured bundles and discounts for both new and existing customers. 

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by Josh Linden

Kaminario Announces K2 v5 All-Flash Primary Storage Arrays

Kaminario today announced the release of its fifth-generation K2 primary storage array, which uses the company’s software-defined Scalable Performance Storage Architecture (SPEAR) to leverage commodity hardware for all-flash deployments. According to Kaminario, K2 v5 solutions average two dollars per gigabyte of usable capacity, perhaps the lowest cost per GB in the AFA arena. K2 v5 offers scale-up and scale-out functionality alongside selective global inline deduplication and a range of other mid-market enterprise functionality.

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by Lyle Smith

Asustor Data Master (ADM) 2.2 Beta Version Now Available

Asustor has announced the release of the Asustor Data Master (ADM) 2.2 beta version for all of its NAS devices (i.e. 2, 3, and 6 series). All Asustor NAS users can download the beta firmware from the official ASUSTOR website, which have a host of new features and functions.

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by Lyle Smith

NexentaConnect View Edition Version 2.3 Announced

Nexenta has announced the general availability of NexentaConnect View Edition version 2.3 during Cisco's annual IT and communications conference. This announcement follows the debut of NexentaConnect for XenDesktop, and with it, this product portfolio will now give customers VMware and Citrix end-to-end VDI storage solutions.  

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by Lyle Smith

ADATA Premier SP610 SSD Now Available

ADATA has announced that its Premier SP610 2.5” SATA III (6Gb/s) SSD is now available. ATADA's new SSD is designed to maintain high read/write speeds consistently for stable performance with its SMI controller as well as featuring the advanced BCH ECC (Error Correction Code) technology. The Premier SP610 is also ideal for PC builders looking to move away from mechanical drives to the high performance of solid state drive technology. ADATA’s new SSD line comes in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB.

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by Lyle Smith

Pure Storage FA-405 and FA-450 Flash Arrays Now Generally Available; Purity 4.0 Software Announced

Pure Storage has announced the expansion of its flagship FA-400 Series product line with new entry-level and high-capacity FlashArrays as well as the next generation release of its Purity Operating Environment, Purity 4.0. The new software features FlashRecover, which is a set of fully integrated, space-efficient replication, snapshot, and policy management services that offer comprehensive protection against both locally and globally disaster and data loss. These advancements allow Pure Storage FlashArray to more fully support mission-critical workloads and Tier 1 storage use cases.

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by Josh Linden

HP Announces Autonomy Adaptive Backup and Recovery Solutions

HP has announced three enterprise backup and recovery technology releases from the company’s Autonomy division. Autonomy's adaptive approach to backup encompasses four areas of emphasis: prioritization, prediction, recommendation, and automation. The announcement includes details about the new HP Backup Navigator predictive analytics tool, a new HP Data Protector Management Pack, and performance updates incorporated into the new HP Data Protector 9.0.

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by Lyle Smith

SanDisk X300s Self-Encrypting SSD Announced

SanDisk has announced the X300s SSD which is the company’s first self-encrypting solid state drive. Using TCG Opal 2.0 and Microsoft Encrypted Drive hardware-based encryption in comination with a new SSD administration dashboard for easier audit and compliance management, the X300s SSD delivers maximum data protection and performance to help address IT decision makers’ top data management and security challenges. The SanDisk X300s SSD is also ideal for use as a high performance storage component for design-in scenarios, allowing OEM manufacturers hasten the delivery of new products to market.

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