by Brian Beeler

The EMC XtremIO 3.0 Disruptive Update Debate - Customers Don't Care

Last week news quickly spread that the EMC XtremIO 3.0 update will be what's politely called a disruptive update (DU). What this means is the changes are so fundamental to how the flash arrays operate, that all data will be lost when upgrading to 3.0. All prior updates, the most recent being XtremIO 2.4, were on the other hand non-disruptive updates (NDU) meaning they could be done in-place with no damage to data. As a refresher, XtremIO 3.0 is due for GA this month and brings many improvements including online data compression, performance boost and increased scalability. For XtremIO customers, these are welcome enhancements but there's a cost. EMC had to make material changes to the way data is structured on the arrays, which is the core reason the DU is required for 3.0. For all the excitement that has spread about this update via Twitter, enthusiast blogs and XtremIO competitors, one fact remains; the online vitriol is largely one-way. XtremIO customers don't seem to care all that much about the update being disruptive. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Announces Wyse WSM 7

At the Dell Solutions Summit in Brussels, Dell has announced the latest version of their desktop virtualization appliance, Wyse WSM 7. Wyse WSM enables almost any Windows application to run on a cloud client endpoint and a physical or virtual desktop. WSM offers high performance, easy maintenance (giving IT resources the option of reusing existing PCs, deploying Wyse cloud clients, or using a hybrid approach), and lower costs and increase security (WSM-provisioned desktops consume less power and none of or applications are stored locally making them easy to replace).

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by Lyle Smith

Seagate Announces Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Baidu

Seagate has announced that it has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Baidu--China’s largest web services firm--in the industries of low-cost online storage, archiving, and Big Data analysis.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba EXCERIA UHS-I SD Memory Cards Now Available

Toshiba has launched EXCERIA UHS-I SD Memory Cards, their new line of EXCERIA products. Meant for professional or amateur photographers and videographers, the new EXCERIA memory cards are designed for continuous shooting and full HD (including 4K resolution) video and are available in a wide-range of sizes at an affordable price tag.

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by Adam Armstrong

Caringo Awarded Patent for Erasure Coding, Replication in Storage Clusters

Caringo has announced that it has been awarded a patent for erasure coding and replication in storage clusters. The patent covers the “combining of replication and erasure coding managed by the storage cluster in order to take advantage of the benefits of each without needing control computers or control databases.” Caringo’s patents are current deployed in its unified storage software, Caringo Swarm (formally called CAStor). Swarm is a mature object storage system for private and public cloud usage and a target archive system.

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by Lyle Smith

Toshiba TransMemory ID USB 3.0 Flash Drives Now Available

Toshiba has introduced the TransMemory ID USB 3.0 Flash Drive, a simple storage solution for the travelling consumer who needs a way to organize their growing collection of digital files.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Announces the Launch of FlashRay All-Flash Storage Array

Today NetApp announced the launch of their all-flash array (AFA), FlashRay and its operating system Mars OS. We first previewed FlashRay last year. FlashRay is NetApp's third all-flash storage array offering, the others being EF-series and the FAS series.

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by Adam Armstrong

A3CUBE Introduces Fortissimo Foundation for Ultra High-Performance Hyper-Convergence

A3CUBE Inc. introduced its new building block software solution, Fortissimo Foundation. Working in concert with A3CUBE's previously announced RONNIE Express platform, Fortissimo Foundation will provide improvements in application performance and data center efficiency, and is particularly aimed at unstructured, Big Data environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

PMC Delivers 16-port Storage Controllers for Data Center Servers

PMC-Sierra Inc. announced today that the company is the first to ship 16-port 12Gb/s SAS and 16-port 6Gb/s SATA I/O Controllers for data center servers. The new controller solutions are aimed at OEMs and ODMs who want to design low-cost customized server hardware for hyperscale deployment such as Open Compute, Windows Cloud Servers, OpenStack, and Project Scorpio. The new product line contains three controllers, the above-mentioned two and 8-port 12Gb/s SAS controller.

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by Adam Armstrong

VMware Announces General Availability of New Solutions for Building, Managing and Protecting Software-Defined Data Centers

VMware Inc. has announced the general availability of new solutions as well as updates to some of their current solutions. The new solutions and updates are aimed at helping businesses build, manage, and protect their software-defined data center environments. They include: VMware NSX 6.1, VMware vCloud Suite 5.8, VMware vRealize Operations Insight, VMware vRealize Suite 6, and VMware vSphere Data Protection Advanced 5.8. VMware also announced the availability of VMware vSphere Remote Branch Office to allow businesses with multiple sites to take advantage of virtualization.

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