by Adam Armstrong

Amazon Allows Customers To Use Their Own Encryption Keys With S3

Today Amazon Web Services announced that it is enhancing S3 support for server-side encryption by allowing customers to provide their own keys. Up until now customers had the option of using either client-side encryption for data before it leaves the client environment or the use of server-side encryption, to protect data at rest. Today’s announcement enables customers to use keys that they maintain without the need to build, maintain, and scale their client-side encryption fleet.

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by Adam Armstrong

EMC Uses Big Data To Unlock The Secrets Of The Morecambe Missile

EMC Corporation announced the results of two Big Data contests it hosted to analyze motorcycle racer, John McGuinness aka The Morecambe Missile, to see why he is so fast. One contest focused on data analytics while the other focused on data visualization. There were over 750 competitors with $7,500 worth of prizes at stake.

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by Adam Armstrong

Synology Releases Two New High-Availability Server Solutions

Today Synology America Corp. announced that it is releasing two new high-availability server solutions, the RC18015xs+ and RXD1215sas. These new server solutions feature massive scalability, great performance, and point-in-time data backup for enterprises. Synology’s award-winning OS, DiskStation Manager, powers the new solutions.

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by Adam Armstrong

Barracuda Launches SaaS Cloud-To-Cloud Backup Supporting Office 365

Today Barracuda Networks, Inc. announced it was launching Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Cloud-to-Cloud Backup; the first service to be supported is Microsoft Office 365. This new service is an extension of Barracuda Backup and Backup Unlimited Cloud Storage, and is part of Barracuda’s Protection Plus Initiative. The new Cloud-to-Cloud service will enable customers to replicate data from cloud storage into Barracuda’s Cloud storage and customers will now have the ability to restore physical backups on virtual servers for rapid disaster recovery.

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by Adam Armstrong

AC&NC Introduces New JetStor RDX16 & RDX48 Solutions

Today Advanced Computer & Network Corporation introduced two new JetStor solutions, the RDX16 and the RDX48. These new solutions are designed media production, medical imaging and high-performance computing (HPC). The new solutions are a combination of JetStor storage platform from AC&NC, EchoStreams’ server, and RAIDX software for software-defined storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Catalogic Announces General Availability Of ECX 2.1

Today Catalogic Software announced the general availability of the latest version of its copy data management platform, ECX 2.1. ECX software is designed to give administrators control over the proliferating data copies. Four months ago, Catalogic released ECX 2.0, which included data copy management, orchestration, analysis, and ecosystem integration. The latest release brings software-defined copy data management to all VMware environments.

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by Adam Armstrong

FalconStor Joins OpenStack

FalconStor Software Inc. announced that it has joined the OpenStack community. Following on the footsteps of FreeStor’s general availability, FalconStor joining the OpenStack community illustrates its commitment and vision to enable customers to take advantage of the flexibility and cost savings enabled by truly open, software-defined approaches.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Updates And Expands Its XC Portfolio

Today at the Nutanix .NEXT event, Dell Inc. announced that it would be introducing new Dell XC Web-Scale Converged Appliances and features. Dell and Nutanix have been working closely together to accelerate their joint product development program and adding new hyper-converged applications to their portfolio. This is the first major update since February this year.

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by Adam Armstrong

Nutanix Plans To Deliver Invisible Infrastructure With Xtreme Computing Platform

Today at the .NEXT conference, Nutanix unveiled its Xtreme Computing Platform (XCP) that Nutanix said will deliver what it is calling invisible infrastructure. XCP is comprised of two different product families, Nutanix Acropolis and Nutanix Prism. These two product families allow XCP to extend hyper-converged solutions that enable application independence from infrastructure with an advanced app mobility feature, native virtualization, and consumer-grade search capability. Nutanix states that its new innovations will simplify datacenters while reducing costs and enhances IT service delivery.

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by Brian Beeler

HGST Launches 10TB HDD for Archive Applications

HGST has launched a new 10TB enterprise hard drive that leverages both their helium sealed-drive technology and shingled magnetic recording (SMR) to deliver a new storage solution designed specifically for active archive applications. The HGST Ultrastar Ha10 SMR HDD, as it's called, leverages host-managed SMR which enables the deepest of integrations with solutions providers who control their own software stack. While generally limited to the largest of data centers today, applications that can support large capacity SMR drives are certainly on the rise and should see more widespread adoption as the need to store larger data sets continues to accelerate. SMR has benefits in use cases where data is sequentially written but randomly. HGST is targeting social media, cloud storage, online backup, life sciences as well as media and entertainment with the Ultrastar Ha10.

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