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Storage and Storage Software

Toshiba Intros MN Series HDDs

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Toshiba Intros MN Series HDDs

Toshiba claims to "bridge the value gap" between top-end enterprise and entry-level desktop HDDs with the MN series, a storage line featuring 7200RPM performance and up to 8TB capacity.

The MN series comes in a 3.5-inch form factor, and is ideal mid- and entry-level NAS enclosures, remote-office backups, archival storage and home multimedia data archives. Connectivity comes through 6Gbits/s SATA interface, while performance specs include 7200RPM speed, 1 million hour MTTF rating and a rated annual workload of 180TB transferred.

The company adds the drives are designed for 24/7 operation, with rotational vibration compensation technology providing consistent performance in tower and low-density style multi-drive enclosures such as small NAS platforms.

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VoltDB Upgrades In-Memory Database

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VoltDB Upgrades In-Memory Database

VoltDB launches an upgrade of the in-memory SQL database sharing its name-- VoltDB 7.0, a version customers can deploy either on-premise or in-cloud.

Described by the company as the world's fastest in-memory SPL database, VoltDB 7.0 powers apps managing large amounts of data generated from a variety of sources. It offers powerful multi-site/cluster, multi-version cross-datacentre replication (XDCR) to lower application latency and improve availability and disaster recovery across multiple datacentres, as well as enhanced real-time analytics and streaming data support.

Also included is support for continuous queries over high-velocity event streams, including AWS Kinesis stream ingestion and export, and includes a Confluent-certified Kafka Connect utility.

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IBM Refreshes All-Flash DS8880 Series

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IBM Refreshes All-Flash DS8880 Series

IBM announces an all-flash refresh of the DS8880 storage array series-- one denoted by the addition of an F suffix aimed at mid- and high-end customers with strict uptime requirements.

The expanded series includes 3 arrays, the DS8884F, DS8886F and DS8888F. All are based on the IBM Power Systems server and use PCIe 3.0 connectivity, even if they lack the latest NVMe protocol. The company claims also the arrays offer "six nines availability," or continuous operation 99.9999% of the time.

The business-class DS8884F scales from 6.4 to 154 TB of flash capacity, and comes with 256GB DRAM cache and 32 fibre channel and FICON ports. The enterprise-class DS8886F scales from 6.4 to 614 TB of flash capacity, and is configured with 128TB DRAM cache and 128 fibre channel and FICON ports. The analytics-class DS8888F scales from 6.4 TB to 1.22 petabytes of flash storage capacity, and has 2TB cache and 128 fibre channel and FICON ports.

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Kingston Claims Largest USB Flash Drive

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Kingston Claims Largest USB Flash Drive

Kingston Digital announces what it claims is the largest USB flash drive available-- the DataTraveler Ultimate Generation Terabyte (GT), a portable device offering up to 2TB of storage.

Revealed at CES 2017, the DataTraveler Ultimate GT uses USB 3.1 (as opposed to the latest USB-C standard) and comes inside zinc-alloy casing for extra protection. According to the company the 2TB option can store up to 70 hours of 4K video, not to mention any number of regular files, within a fairly small form factor.

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IDC: Soft Q3 for EMEA Storage

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IDC: Soft Q3 for EMEA Storage

The EMEA Q3 2016 external storage market remains soft, IDC reports-- revenues are down by -5.1% Y-o-Y to $1.49 billion, as "huge growth" in the flash segment fails to offset falling traditional HDD-only arrays.

In fact, all-flash systems see 76.4% Y-o-Y growth, while hybrid flash arrays are up by 3.5%. However HDD-only array revenues are down by 33.6 Y-o-Y, heavily affecting total EMEA market performance.

"Contingent factors such as macroeconomic volatility and turmoil on the supply side, coupled with acceleration in cloud deployment and infrastructure consolidation, is pushing the EMEA market into negative territory for the 7th quarter in a row," IDC remarks. "On the bright side, the AFA segment kept very strong momentum in the region, almost doubling its shares compared to the same period a year ago, further improving workload consolidation."

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