by Lyle Smith

LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 Announced

LaCie has announced the latest addition to the d2 desktop storage line, featuring a new all-aluminum unibody enclosure, dual Thunderbolt 2, and USB 3.0. The new LaCie d2 Thunderbolt 2 is designed to be upgradable to the fastest SSD solution on the market, which boasts speeds upwards of 1150 MB/s. 

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by Lyle Smith

WD Ae Cold Data Storage HDDs Announced

WD has announced its WD Ae line of hard drives designed for the unique operating characteristics of the emerging archive tier within web-scale datacenters. WD Ae drives are purpose-built archive HDDs with extreme areal density on a high volume mechanical platform, operating with the lowest possible power consumption possible while using a Progressive Capacity model to enable a new tier of storage for large-scale cloud infrastructures.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Virident Space Announced

HGST has announced Virident Space, which allows the clustering of up to 128 servers and 16 PCIe storage devices to deliver one or more shared volumes of high performance Flash storage, totaling over 38TB of usable capacity. The High Availability (HA), mirrored cluster is easily configured and managed using an advanced graphical user interface. 

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Ultrastar SN100 Series of SSDs Announced

HGST has announced its new series of NVMe-compliant Ultrastar SN100 PCIe SSDs, the SN150 (3200GB and 1600GB) and the SN100 2.5-inch form factor (3200GB, 1600GB and 800GB) which integrates Toshiba’s current MLC NAND flash. HGST indicates that it will drive the next wave of application acceleration with simplified PCIe SSD system integration coupled with HGST’s experience in industry. The standardized NVMe protocol for PCIe SSDs enables broad system interoperability as well as ease of deployment, which results in lower cost of ownership.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Extends Agreement With Intel to Produce SAS SSDs

HGST has announced that it will extend the use of Intel NAND flash technology as part of a cooperative agreement with Intel Corporation on Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSDs. HGST successfully worked with Intel since 2008 to develop enterprise-class SAS SSDs for servers, workstations, and storage systems, resulting in products that combine HGST’s enterprise storage experience with Intel’s NAND flash expertise.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Announces First 10TB Data Center-Class HDD

HGST has announced the world’s first data center-class 10TB HDD for cloud and cold storage applications with the lowest $/TB and watt/TB available on the market. HGST accomplishes this by harnessing two complementary technologies: HelioSeal technology and Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR), which enable a future design platform for HDDs in delivering higher capacity points at accelerated time-to-market entry.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Ultrastar 7K6000 HDDs Now Shipping

HGST has announced that their Ultrastar 7K6000 is now shipping, the company’s seventh, and last, generation air-based platform with high capacities in a standard 3.5-inch HDD design. The 6TB Ultrastar 7K6000 provides 1.2TB per disk in a five-disk solution targeting all traditional and rapidly growing scale out storage applications, including object, block and file storage architectures. The 7K6000 is designed to help data center customers capture the growth and long-term value of data by providing huge capacity, 7,200 RPM performance and the best $/GB acquisition cost available.

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by Lyle Smith

HGST Ultrastar He8 HDDs Announced

HGST has announced the Ultrastar He8, their second-generation helium-filled HDDs available in capacities of 8TB and 6TB. We reviewed the first-generation He6 earlier this year. The Ultrastar He8 advances the TCO value for cloud data centers, enterprises, OEMs and system integrators and enables more efficient data center designs and operations by reducing the physical and carbon footprint of the overall storage systems.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Releases Details on New Gen9 ProLiant Servers

Expanding on their pre-announcement last week, HP has divulged all the details surrounding their new Gen9 ProLiant servers. The ProLiant Gen9 lineup is optimized for convergence, cloud, and software-defined environments with an architecture based on a pool of processing resources that is geography- and workload-agnostic. In addition, the ProLiant Gen9 servers leverage HP’s PCIe application accelerators as well as the company’s DDR4 SmartMemory technology.

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by Adam Armstrong

Unitrends Introduces Free Backup Capacity And Storage Inventory Reporting Tools

Unitrends has introduced two new free tools, Unitrends Backup Capacity Tool and Unitrends Storage Inventory Tool. The new pair enables businesses to identify significant cost savings by offering complete visibility into storage and file capacity and utilization. The tools are designed to help determine how much storage needs to be allocated for backups and which files are critical for backups.

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