by Adam Armstrong

QLogic’s 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Now Available for EMC VNX Series

Today QLogic Corp announced that they are making their 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel technology available to order for EMC VNX Series of hybrid arrays. The collaboration between the two companies will increase levels of application performance, storage efficiency, and data availability for EMC customers. This is the latest in a string of collaborations aimed at satisfying enterprise-class server and storage requirements, previous collaboration between QLogic and Brocade and QLogic and Fujitsu.

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by Adam Armstrong

Methods of SMR Data Management

SMR uses a mapping system for LBAs that want to get written randomly to only writing them sequentially. Similar to SSD’s Flash Translation Layer (FTL), SMR HDDs use what is sometimes called a SMR (or Shingle) Translation Layer (STL), which is a similar concept. With SMR, however, much more is to be gained by making the host aware of the underlying SMR technology. The industry is in the final stages of the standardization process for SMR with ZBC (Zoned Block Commands) being the standard for SAS and ZAC (Zoned ATA Commands) being the standard for SATA. These standards define a Zoned Block Device in which the LBA space is divided into independent Zones. Within each Zone, writes should be sequential. In order to overwrite data, it is necessary to first reset the zone, similar to an erase block in an SSD. What happens when non-sequential writes are sent to a Zone varies depending on the type of SMR implementation.

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsoft Azure Introduces Service Fabric

Today Microsoft announced a new offering that provides a high control platform enabling developers and ISVs to build highly scalable and customizable cloud services, Azure Service Fabric. Service Fabric provides the foundational technology that Azure core infrastructure runs on. Service Fabric also powers service such as Skype for Business, InTune, Event Hubs, DocumentDB, Azure SQL Database, and Bing Cortana.

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by Kevin OBrien

In the Lab: Dell PowerEdge 13G R730 Cluster

For organizations leading the way with the business-critical solutions, technology refreshes are a fundamental part of doing business. Leading-edge applications can't wait for legacy infrastructure; be it storage, interconnect, or compute related. The StorageReview Lab faces the same fundamental issues as application workloads become larger and more intense to take advantage of the newest generation of storage and networking products. Last week we took delivery of a dozen Dell PowerEdge 13G R730 servers specifically earmarked to test the latest virtualization and latency-sensitive workloads that face tier zero storage. 

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by Lyle Smith

Four Cray Customers To Implement Seagate’s Latest HPC Storage Technology

Seagate has announced that four Cray customers will be among the first to implement Seagate’s latest high performance computing storage technology. The four Cray customers that will be using the new techology are comprised of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Saudi Arabia-based King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Petroleum Geo-Services, and the U.K.’s Met Office, all of which who currently use the Cray Sonexion 2000 system.

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by Adam Armstrong

Spectra Logic Unveils Spectra NVR3 Video Surveillance

At ISC West this past week, Spectra Logic Corporation unveiled a new global division, Spectra Video Surveillance. Simultaneously, they also unveiled Spectra Video Surveillance’s first product, Spectra NVR3. NVR3 is an enterprise-class fully integrated video management software (VMS) that has intelligent analytics and multi-tiered storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Spectra Logic Integrates With Leading Technology Partners

Along with the updates and enhancements recently announced for its BlackPearl Deep Storage Gateway, Spectra Logic has also announced that it is integrating with clients in the media and entertainment industry. This announcement provides direct access to deep storage for MAMs, editing suites, and media handlers. In effect, they could access all of their data with a cloud-like interface.

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by Adam Armstrong

Microsoft Announces The General Availability Of Azure Premium Storage

Microsoft Azure announced today the general availability of Azure Premium Storage. Unlike Azure Standard Storage that stores data on HDDs, Azure Premium Storage stores data on SSDs. That means workloads that require high I/O performance and low latency such as: OLTP, Big Data, and Data Warehousing on platforms like SQL Server, MongoDB, Cassandra, and others can now be moved into the cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

Google Tackles Big Data Through Updates To BigQuery & Dataflow

Big Data comes up frequently in data management. Harnessing Big Data can lead businesses to all sorts of insights that could make them more efficient and more profitable. The only problem is that using Big Data can be quite the arduous undertaking when it comes to resource management and system administration. Google plans to tackle Big Data the “cloud way” with Google Cloud Platform and updates to its BigQuery and the introduction of Cloud Dataflow.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco UCS C3160 Server For Use As High-Performance Backup

Cisco recently introduced significant innovations to its Unified Computing System (UCS). Cisco launched several new offerings aimed at cloud service providers, high capacity media streaming, small IT environments, and data-intensive computing. The highlight at the time was the new modular or M-Series. However, shifting focus over to the C-series, specifically the C3160, one can begin to see how a server can be used as a high-performance backup storage resource.

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