IBM announced several key enhancements to its XIV Storage System Gen3 including a new solid state drive (SSD) caching option that can increase system performance by up to three times, and a new Apple iPhone app that lets people monitor their XIV storage environment from virtually anywhere.

With SSD caching, the most frequently used data is stored on solid state memory placed between the system memory and hard drives. Because SSDs use no spinning disks and robotic arms, the storing and retrieving of data is accomplished with virtually no latency, speeding data access by orders of magnitude. In addition to the superior performance, SSD cache requires no separate tier to manage.

The IBM XIV SSD Caching option provides up to 6TB of fast-read SSD and is the latest in a string of advances that IBM has developed for the enterprise storage system over the last six months. In July, 2011, the company introduced the XIV Storage System Gen3, a new generation of the storage family that dramatically lowered the total cost of ownership and improved system performance by four times over the previous model. With XIV Gen3, IBM also replaced the system’s Ethernet-based backplane with a high-performance InfiniBand backplane that increased the system’s internal bandwidth between modules by 40 times. Then in October 2011, IBM added 3TB disk drives to the system increasing system capacity by 50 percent. Read the rest of this entry »

NETGEAR Redefines Home and Small Business Storage

NETGEAR announced new versions of their ReadyNAS Duo and ReadyNAS NV+ network attached storage systems.

Value-conscious business users and home media enthusiasts may now access data twice as fast as previous generations, pay up to 30% less than similar products, and still receive 24/7 support and a 3 year warranty. A completely updated interface means that in as few as 8 mouse clicks users can create a secure private cloud for storing and accessing their music, photos, videos and documents from anywhere in the world.

The two-bay ReadyNAS Duo v2 and 4-bay ReadyNAS NV+ v2 systems redefine reliability, affordability and simplicity for professional and home users alike. Both systems include hot-swap disk drive bays and automatic capacity expansion, as well as USB 3.0 ports (an industry first) for up to 20% speedier backups. An updated photo sharing application allows print quality private photo sharing without 3rd party services or fees. Both include ReadyNAS Remote, a mobile app for iOS, Android, PC and Mac platforms that delivers 128-bit SSL access to information stored on the ReadyNAS from anywhere. And finally, both can stream music, HD movies and photos to home media devices like TVs, game consoles and TiVo. Read the rest of this entry »

Seagate announced it is shipping a new 4TB GoFlex Desk external hard drive – the highest capacity hard drive in the industry. This latest addition to the GoFlex Family of external hard drives showcases Seagate’s new desktop design.

Seagate GoFlex Desk

The streamlined industrial design delivers a smaller footprint and better reflects the aesthetic of today’s modern offices while still providing all of the benefits of previous generations of the GoFlex drives. Read the rest of this entry »

Nimbus Next Generation S-Class Flash Memory Systems

Nimbus Data Systems announced the general availability of its second generation S-Class series of flash memory storage systems.

The new line, which retains the S-Class designation, is three times faster than the original launched in 2010. In addition, the new S-Class adds support for Fibre Channel and Infiniband networking natively, in addition to the existing 10 Gigabit Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet support, making the new S-Class the most versatile network flash memory systems on the market today.

3x More Performance

The new S-Class incorporates Nimbus’ latest Enterprise Flash Modules, which take advantage of 6 Gbps SAS connectivity and a new higher-performance flash management processor. Advanced wear-leveling algorithms maximize flash durability in non-stop mission-critical installations. The new S-Class also features a new non-blocking internal midplane capable of providing full line-rate 6 Gbps performance to every flash module simultaneously. This architecture is vastly superior to expander-based systems, which funnel IO into fewer lanes, limiting performance. Finally, the new S-Class ups the number of processor cores, from 8 to 12, to enable even faster deduplication and other data management services. Read the rest of this entry »

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