by Adam Armstrong

HGST Ultrastar He10 10TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review

Data volume, especially Big Data, continues to grow at amazing rates, however, IT budgets are not growing at the same rate. Organizations are looking to lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) to help them tackle the growing data volume. HGST’s latest helium drive, He10, is an effective tool companies can use to do just that. The He10 is a 10TB HDD that utilizes PMR technology and HGST’s proven HelioSeal technology. This new HDD is designed to deliver capacity, efficiency, reliability, and reduced power usage to the data center.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nexenta Introduces NexentaEdge DevOps Edition

Nexenta has announced a new edition of its NexentaEdge, its file and object storage platform. The new NexentaEdge DevOps Edition is designed to work with scalable on-premise container-converged infrastructure as a high-performance storage solution.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell EMC Expands Its HCI Portfolio

Today Dell EMC is expanding its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) by combining the former two companies technologies once again. Dell EMC’s is taking its VxRack software-defined data center (SDDC) and is now basing it on PowerEdge servers. According to the company, this combination will enhance flexibility while increasing performance.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Launches Industry’s First ‘Network-as-a-Fabric’

Today Cisco announced that it would be expanding its Cloud-Scale Networking solutions. These expanding solutions are designed to help service providers and web companies get the most out of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) as they transition their central offices to next-generation data centers.

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by Adam Armstrong

WD Unveils New Storage Technologies At Its Investor Day

Today at Western Digital Corp.’s Investor Day 2016, WDC introduced several new storage technologies. WDC introduced a new NVMe-over-PCIe fabric advanced flash platform for cloud-scale data center infrastructures. Along with this WDC introduced new SSDs (including their highest capacity to date at just under 8TB and a new NVMe SSD) as well as the highest capacity HDD at 12TB.

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by Adam Armstrong

Schneider Electric Introduces New Prefabricated Data Center Offerings

Today Schneider Electric announced new prefabricated data center solutions. The company has expanded on its existing offerings with two new product families that are designed to generate more flexibility, reliability, and speed deployments. Schneider also plans on getting these prefabricated solutions to customers faster with its new Quick Ship Program. And the company has opened up a new manufacturing facility located in West Chester, Ohio, fairly close to us here at StorageReview.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Zephyr, SwiftStack, Avere, Cloudistics, Pica8, & Datrium

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content not the impact they have. Zephyr announced its enterprise architecture, Zephyr Enterprise, as well as the announcement that they have hit 10,000 customers. SwiftStack announced the availability of its Cloud Sync. Avere joins AWS Public Sector Partner Program. Cloudistics and Pica8 partner on secure virtual networking for superconverged infrastructures. And Datirum raises another $55 million in Series C financing.

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Introduces 8TB SATA SSD For The Data Center

Today Micron Technology, Inc. introduced its new enterprise SATA SSD family, the Micron 5100 family. The 5100 family comes in three models for varying needs of data centers and comes with a maximum capacity of 8TB, the highest capacity for a SATA SSD currently available. Micron is positioning its new family of drives to act as a bridge for organizations as they transition to all-flash data center.

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by Lyle Smith

WD My Cloud Pro Series PR4100 NAS Review

The My Cloud Pro PR4100 is the company's premium 4-bay NAS solution designed for creative teams and small businesses looking to streamline their workflow. This versatile NAS features multiple RAID configurations, password protection, 256-bit AES volume encryption and upwards of 32TB in storage capacity. Though the PR4100 enters a flooded SOHO NAS market, its ease of use through software, such as the WD SmartWare Pro and the My Cloud dashboard, help it to stand out among its competition. Users can also leverage the PR4100 to remotely edit, save and share their projects using the My Cloud mobile app for Android and iOS.

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by Brian Beeler

Supermicro SuperDOM Review

The SATADOM has been a popular way of leveraging a small amount of flash to get a boot image onto a server without burning one of the more valuable drive bays. For many OS images or hypervisors, the concept works perfectly well, some users can even get away with an SD card for such purposes. The SATADOM has several benefits though, including higher quality NAND and performance that far outstrips a memory card. Supermicro calls their effort in this space a SuperDOM, largely because the performance profile is higher than what traditional SATADOMs have offered; it's more along the lines of a standard SSD. The Supermicro SuperDOM uses a SATA 6Gb/s interface to connect directly to the server board and comes in capacities up to 128GB. The SuperDOM supports both X9 and X10 boards and uses only 1-2 watts.

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