Enterprise disk, hybrid and all flash array (AFA) reviews that cater to midmarket enterprises and up.
by Adam Armstrong

IBM Updates Its SDS, Data Protection, & Storage

IBM Storage announced several new innovations around its software-defined storage (SDS), data protection, and storage systems portfolio. These announcements aim to help drive down costs, ease management, increase security, all the while helping users scale their storage to meet the needs of growing data volumes. This is the first major announcement from IBM Storage since hitting four consecutive quarters of growth.

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by Adam Armstrong

Caringo Enhances Swarm & SwarmNFS Increasing Performance

Today Caringo, Inc. announced enhancements to both its Swarm Scale-Out Hybrid Storage, now in version 9.5, and SwarmNFS. The 9.5 release of Swarm increases interoperability between it and SwarmNFS 2.0 that in turn improves overall performance. Caringo will be exhibiting the new capabilities of Swarm 9.5 and SwarmNFS 2.0 at the JB&A pre-NAB Technology event April 8-9, 2018 as well as in booth number SL11807 of the NAB Show Expo in Las Vegas, NV April 9-12, 2018.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: VIAVI, Pivot3, Silicon Power, Tachyum, Cloudian, Dell EMC, AMD, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. VIAVI unveils monitoring as a service. Pivot3 announces a terrific fourth quarter. Silicon power releases its first PCIe SSDs. Tachyum receives venture capital investment from IPM. Cloudian announces record growth for third straight year. Dell EMC unifies its ProDeploy Suite. AMD announces Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q1. Apricorn releases 12TB Padlock DT. IBM & SpaceBelt collaborate on cloud storage in space.

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by Adam Armstrong

Cisco Announces 2Q18 Earnings

Cisco Systems Inc. reported its second quarter earnings for its fiscal 2018 year for the period ended January 27, 2018. The company saw an improvement in revenue but also reported a net loss due to the new Tax Cuts and Jobs act. The company announced that it would be repatriating $67 billion in foreign profits back to the United States.

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by Adam Armstrong

NetApp Announces Its 3Q18 Financial Results

NetApp reported its financial results for its third fiscal quarter year of 2018, ended on January 26,2018. The company saw a small bump in revenue and a large jump in its net loss. NetApp’s stock took a sharp drop this morning after the earnings report yesterday afternoon.

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by Adam Armstrong

Oracle Makes Several Announcements At its CloudWorld New York

Today in NYC, Oracle made several announcements around its cloud offerings. These include a demonstration of the company’s Autonomous cloud focused on autonomous operations. Oracle announced what it is referring to as the industry’s strongest and most comprehensive cloud guarantee. And the company announced aggressive global expansion of its Oracle Cloud.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cisco, Subtree, Zerto, Teradici, AWS, Rubrik, Datos IO, IBM, Cloudian, NVIDIA, & More

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Cisco announces its Global Cloud Index as well as being selected to provide NBC Olymipcs with networking and video applications. Subtree announces $10 million seed investment. Zerto announces ZVR 6.0. Teradici Cloud Access is now on AWS. Rubrik announces intent to acquire Datos IO. IBM updates its tape storage. Cloudian enables S3-compatible storage access for NVIDIA’s Deep Learning GPU System. Seagate launches Sea Of Thieves Game Drive.

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by Adam Armstrong

Dell Technologies Forms A Wide-Ranging Partnership With McLaren

Today Dell Technologies and McLaren Racing Limited announced a multi-faceted, long-term partnership. This will help bring the full range of Dell’s technologies, including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, Secureworks, Virtustream and VMware, to McLaren and all of its groups including McLaren Racing and McLaren Applied Technologies, as well as benefitting McLaren’s esports programme, World’s Fastest Gamer.

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Compuverde, Kaminario, StrongBox, Spectra Logic, Panzura, SonicWall, & Cisco

This week’s News Bits we look at a number of small announcements, small in terms of the content, not the impact they have. Compuverde reports a strong 2017. Kaminario launches Software-Defined Composable Data Platform. StrongBox’s StrongLink is now certified with Spectra Logic BlackPearl. Panzura sees 100% growth in 2017. SonicWall extends its firewalls to virtual. Cisco completes its acquisition of BroadSoft.

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by Brian Beeler

NetApp AFF A200 VMmark 3 Results Published

At the time of our initial NetApp AFF A200 review publishing, we were in the the process of finalizing our VMmark 3 test process and working through our first submission. We've since streamlined the VMmark 3 submission process and our audited submissions are approved at a regular pace. The recent approvals include the results from the NetApp AFF A200. What makes these results particularly interesting is that we have data with both data reduction services enabled and disabled. For most arrays enabling these services kneecaps performance; not so with the A200.

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