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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by Lyle Smith

Western Digital Capital Makes $10 Million Investment in Amplidata

Amplidata has announced that Western Digital Capital has made a $10 million strategic investment in the company. In addition, HGST has selected Amplidata’s Himalaya software to jointly develop a family of ultra-dense storage solutions in order to help tackle the rapidly growing demand to store data in both public and private cloud data centers.

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by Adam Armstrong

Barracuda Announces Data Protection Plus Initiative

Barracuda Networks Inc. announced today its new Data Protection Plus strategic initiative aimed at helping customers protect, manage, and share data through any device they use and from anywhere they are. Along with the new initiative they are announcing several new releases and major enhancements cross their portfolio of cloud-connected backup solutions, as well as their acquisition of C2C Systems.

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by Lyle Smith

HP Announces New Z Desktop and ZBook Workstations

HP has introduced their new HP Z840, Z640 and Z440 Desktop Workstations and HP ZBook 15 G2 and 17 G2 Mobile Workstations, combining increased system expandability, higher-speed memory, multicore updates, and access to the latest technologies to help customers future-proof their systems. The HP Z Desktops and HP ZBook Mobile Workstations are built to address the constraints of compute-intensive industries, such as with media and entertainment, graphic design, CAD, architecture, photography, manufacturing, finance, healthcare, scientific imaging, and oil and gas exploration. The new desktop workstations feature the latest Intel Xeon processor product family, with NVIDIA and AMD professional graphics options, while the new HP ZBook G2 and 17 G2 Mobile Workstations take advantage of powerful processing, including optional Intel quad-core processors paired with NVIDIA Quadro and AMD FirePro professional graphics.

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by Lyle Smith

Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600/1600 v3 Families Announced

Intel has introduced the Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 and E5-1600 v3 product families, which are designed to tackle diverse workloads and the rapidly growing needs of data centers. The new line of processors offer numerous enhancements including an increase in performance of 3x over the previous generation, energy efficiency, and enhanced security. The E5-2600/1600 v3 product families will be used in servers, workstations, storage and networking infrastructure to power a broad set of workloads such as data analytics, high-performance computing, telecommunications and cloud-based services, as well as back-end processing for the Internet of Things.

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