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Storage and Storage Software

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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QNAP Joins Backup Forces With ElephantDrive

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QNAP Joins Backup Forces With ElephantDrive

QNAP forms a partnership with ElephantDrive to integrate the latter's cloud backup solution with the former's storage hardware, specifically the latest 64-bit QNAP NAS.

According to the two companies the solution enables direct backups from NAS to the cloud, and unifies local and cloud storage for a superior user experience. ElephantDrive also includes administrative tools for data versioning and archiving, and allows file access and sharing from the cloud anytime and anywhere, on any device.

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Seagate Intros IronWolf Pro 10TB NAS HDD

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Seagate Intros IronWolf Pro 10TB NAS HDD

Seagate announces the IronWolf Pro-- a NAS HDD aimed at small-to-midsize enterprises wanting manage large amounts of data, as well as workload rates reaching up to 300TB per year.

Designed as an everything business NAS, the IronWolf is optimised with AgileArray to enhance performance in file-sharing, backup and private cloud environments. The technology helps balancing through dual-plane balance and rotational vibration sensors, RAID optimisation for increased performance and advanced power management.

The company also includes its Rescue Data Recovery service to cover accidental damage, as well as damage caused by natural disasters of the fire or flood variety.

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