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Storage and Storage Software

Pure Storage Presents FlashBlade

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Pure Storage Presents FlashBlade

All-flash storage array vendor Pure Storage announces FlashBlade-- a rack-scale storage architecture designed for multi-protocol access to unstructured data.

FlashBlade combines high-performance all-flash storage with software handling cloud-scalable unstructured data platforms. It scales to up to 1.6 Petabytes in a 4U form factor with 10Gbps performance, and customers can choose between either 8 or 52TB blades, mixing and matching in the same chassis.

On the software side the system runs on Elasticity, a scalable OS featuring services such as data reduction, encryption and N+2 erasure coding, and scale-out protocol services such as NFS (file) and S3 (object), as well as low-level flash management and LDPC error correction. All layers across Elasticity share a common extensible metadata engine and garbage collection, increasing global system efficiency.

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Seagate Boasts "Fastest Ever" SSD

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Seagate Boasts

Seagate Technology shows off what it claims is the fastest ever SSD-- one with throughput performance of 10GB/s, 4GB/s faster than the previous contender for the fastest SSD title.

The 10GB/s unit meets the specifications outlined by Facebook's Open Compute Project (OCP), and as such should be ideal for hyperscale datacentre applications. It also promises to reduce the power and cost requirements associated with such performance levels.

The drive demands Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe), the company's replacement for the SATA standard.

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Samsung Intros 15TB Enterprise SSD

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Samsung Intros 15TB Enterprise SSD

Samsung pushes enterprise flash capacities further with the PM1633a, a 15TB SSD based on the 12Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface.

First announced at the 2015 Flash Memory Summit, the PM1633a comes in the 2.5-inch form factor-- allowing customers to fit twice as many drives in a standard 19-inch 2U rack compared to an equivalent 3.5-inch drive.

Allowing for 15TB capacity is the stacking of 16 layers of 256Gb V-NAND memory chips, for a total of 512 chips in each drive. In turn, each 256Gb V-NAND chip stacks cell-arrays in 48 layer, an improvement over 2nd generation 32-layer 128Gb V-NAND.

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LaCie Ups 5big Array Storage

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LaCie Ups 5big Array Storage

LaCie announces an increase in capacity for the 5big professional workstation desktop storage arrays-- a move from 6TB to 8TB HDDs brings brings maximum capacity of 40TB.

The 5-slot 5big arrays feature dual-Thunderbolt 2 connectivity and hardware RAID, allowing support for 4K video workflows. Bandwidth reaches up to 11050MB/sec, while the enterprise-class HDDs offer speeds of up to 7200rpm. LaCie says such bandwidth is enough for Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro users working on multiple 4K video streams in real time.

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Chinese Investor Exit Complicates WD SanDisk Buy

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Chinese Investor Exit Complicates WD SanDisk Buy

A wrench gets thrown in Western Digital's plans to buy SanDisk-- Chinese IT company Unisplendour Corporation Limited (Unis) scraps its $3.78 billion investment deal with WD.

Unis, a unit of Tsinghua Holdings, dropped plans to buy a 15% stake in WD after the US Committee on Foreign Investment (CFIUS) announced an investigation of the deal. The decision triggered a 15-day period where either side could end the transaction... and that's exactly what the Chinese company did.

WD hopes to be still able to buy SanDisk, but the lack of Unis investment demands a change in asking price. Whereas it originally offered $19bn in cash and stock, WD is now asking shareholders to consider selling for $15.8bn.

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