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Storage and Storage Software

Synology Updates DiskStation NAS Offering

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Synology Updates DiskStation NAS Offering

Synology announces a pair of DiskStation NAS products-- the DS916+ 4-bay scalable NAS aimed at professionals and small businesses, and the 1-bay DS116 ideal for home users and small workgroups.

A successor to the DS415+, the DS916+ supports up to 9 drives through compatibility with the DX513 expansion unit. It carries an Intel Pentium N3710 quad-core CPU complete with AES-NI hardware encryption engine, and either 2 or 8GB RAM, while speeds reaches a link aggregate average 225.91MB/s read and 221.04MB/s write (or 225.83MB/s and 209.35MB/s encrypted read and write).

In professional-friendly features the DS916+ supports real-time H.264 single-channel 4K/UHD or triple channel HD video transcoding, while power consumption reaches up to 30W when accessing drives and as little as 13W in HDD hibernation mode. Also included is DiskStation Manager OS software.

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IBM Refreshes FlashSystem for Cloud

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IBM Refreshes FlashSystem for Cloud

IBM announces 3 additions to the FlashSystem all-flash array portfolio-- the A9000, A9000R and DS8888, all promising a minimum latency of 250μs (microsecond) for the rapid access of data in cloud-based workloads.

Inside the arrays are MicroLatency modules, proprietary flash drives Big Blue says are superior to alternative technologies by being able to transfer data within the flash array via hardware instead of (slower) software.

The A9000 is a full-configured 8U system featuring 3 controllers designed for cloud, VDI and VMware workloads, while the A9000R is a racked grid-design system for mixed-use and cloud workloads. Both offer data reduction features such as pattern removal, deduplication and real-time compression, a REST API, multi-tenancy capabilities, noisy-neighbour removal capabilities and integration with Microsoft, VMware, OpenStack and IBM SoftLayer environments.

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Nexsan Intros Unity Unified Storage

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Nexsan Intros Unity Unified Storage

Unified storage solutions specialist Nexsan presents Unity-- a next-generation storage platform combining the performance and scalability of DRAM and flash with private cloud synchronisation and data mobility support.

As the company puts it, many solution bring together storage, data management, file sync and share, and security, but none do so within a single unified solution. As such Unity promises high performance and multi-sote collaboration at "LAN speed," with n-Way Sync functionality handling enterprise sync across distributed primary storage while securing content through encryption, self-encrypting drives and encryption keys.

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Sony Intros 2nd Gen Optical Disc Archive

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Sony Intros 2nd Gen Optical Disc Archive

Sony announces the second generation of the Optical Disc Archive System-- an upgrade featuring high-capacity optical media joint-developed by Sony and Panasonic.

The companies claim the optical media offers a 10-year shelf life while doubling single cartridge capacity to 3.3TB. The 2nd generation Optical Disc Archive cartridge also features an 8-channel optical drive unit offering twice the read/write speeds over the previous generation, allowing it to handle real-time 4K video playback.

Designed for use in near-line applications, deep archive storage or disaster recovery systems, the Optical Disc Archive System is available in hardware configurations ranging from standalone to scalable robotic archives. Main components include a standalone USB drive unit, an 8GB fiber channel library drive unit (for use in robotic systems) and the Optical Disc Archive media cartridge.

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Qumulo Updates Core, Intros Hybrid Appliances

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Qumulo Updates Core, Intros Hybrid Appliances

Data-aware scale-out NAS specialist Qumulo announces the Core 2.0 OS update together with a trio of QC series hybrid storage appliance-- the QC40, QC104 and QC260, all featuring a flexible software and hardware design.

Qumulo says Core 2.0 differs from storage software alternative by having real-time data analytics built directly into the file system, giving enterprises an "unprecedented" view of data and storage resources at scale. The system promises to be scalable, efficient and resilient, with analytics providing answers to questions such as "where did all the storage capacity go?" and "When will we run out of storage space and why?"

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