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

NetApp's ONTAP 9.4 Hits GA

Announced back in May 2018, NetApp ONTAP 9.4 has officially entered General Availability (GA). It is now available for download at support.netapp.com. ONTAP 9.4 is a data management software designed for cloud-based enterprise all flash systems. Touted as a non-disruptive upgrade ONTAP 9.4 provides new business capabilities in three main categories: new intelligent cloud services with FabricPool; fast all-flash performance with enterprise end-to-end NVMe support; as well as efficient and secure enterprise storage.

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by Adam Armstrong

Western Digital Makes Several Data Center Storage Enhancements

At its Media and Analyst event in San Jose, California, Western Digital Corporation (WDC) made several additions to its data center solutions. These new solutions include the ActiveScale 5.3 object storage system, expansions to its IntelliFlash N Series family of all-flash arrays, and the new Ultrastar Serv60+8 hybrid storage server platform. All-in-all, these solutions address object storage, NVMe, high-performance storage, and SDS server and storage solutions to drive up performance while creating a better TCO.

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by StorageReview Enterprise Lab

Violin Systems FSP 7650 Review

Violin Systems isn't exactly a new company; we have been covering them for six years now. The company began as a pioneer in the all-flash arena and ran into a few woes after going public. However, the company has risen from the ashes with new investors backing the firm and has new deployment options along with the same cadre of high performing gear. We've been working with Violin in the lab for some time now; today we are looking at the 7650 array, which is the “extreme performance” all-flash model in the Violin Flash Storage Platform (FSP). 

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by Adam Armstrong

Micron Reports 3Q18 Earnings

This afternoon Micron Technology Inc. reported its third quarter earnings for its fiscal year that ended on May 31, 2018. Overall the numbers look good with no real surprises to the good or bad. The company’s stock has recovered from the dip it took through this quarter and ended where it began but is still flirting with a ten year high.

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by Adam Armstrong

Rackspace Launches PCaaS & Kubernetes Private Cloud

Today at HPE Discover 2018 in Vegas, Rackspace made two pay-as-you-go announcements. The company has partnered with HPE to launch the industry’s first Private Cloud-as-a-Service (PCaaS) powered by VMware. This puts cloud services wherever they are needed. Rackspace also announced the industry’s first ever Kubernetes-as-a-Service (KaaS). Working with HPE, this new KaaS offering allows Kubernetes to be used wherever needed as well. 

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by Adam Armstrong

Hitachi Vantara Expands HEC Family with STaaS

Today Hitachi Vantara announced that it expanded its Hitachi Enterprise Cloud (HEC) family. This expansion includes managed private and hybrid cloud “as-a-service” offerings (that will have options for deploying cloud-native application environments). The company is also introducing Storage-as-a-Service (STaaS) offerings aimed at on-premises. 

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by Adam Armstrong

HPE Introduces GreenLake Hybrid Cloud

Today at HPE Discover in Vegas, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a new consumption model for optimizing on- and off-premise clouds, HPE GreenLake Hybrid Cloud. The new GreenLake Hybrid Cloud provides comprehensive cloud management services and help customers in areas such as performance optimization, cost controls, security and compliance, helping customers to focus on innovation and deliver the right resources to support workloads.

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by Adam Armstrong

Lenovo Reveals Its Neptune Liquid Cooling For The Data Center

This week at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany, Lenovo announced a new holistic approach to liquid cooling for the data center it is calling Neptune. The company is making the bold claim that this new technology can allow data centers to run up to 50% more efficiently, without hindering performance or density. Lenovo will be demonstrating the technology at its booth (C1220).

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by Adam Armstrong

News Bits: Cohesity, Samsung, Seagate, Xbox, Western Digital, Dropbox, & 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. Cohesity raises $250 million in Series D funding. Samsung begins volume production on 16Gb, 64GB DDR4 RDIMM. Seagate releases 2TB SSD Game Drive for Xbox. Dropbox qualifies Western Digital Ultrastar Hs14 SMR HDDs. Commvault supports Cisco Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack. HYCU announces new patent. Pivotal has strong first quarter. Rubrik announces Alta 4.2. Synology releases Active Backup Suite.

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by Adam Armstrong

Tintri Is Running Out Of Cash & Possibly Out Of Time

The “VM-aware” storage company, Tintri Inc., it not doing as well as it hoped. It released its first quarter fiscal 2019 financial results this morning and things are looking down. Form a liquidity standpoint; the company doesn’t seem to have enough cash to go beyond the end of the month.

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