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This month, startup Avere Systems introduced its FXT line of appliances, which are designed to accelerate the performance of existing NAS filers by introducing layers of "tiered NAS" consisting of RAM, 15,000rpm SAS drives and, by the end of the year, solid-state disk drives.
The latest release of Brocade's Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) software includes enhanced support for VMware and a new function called Server Application Optimization (SAO), all of which are designed to give SAN administrators better visibility into virtual machine (VM) environments.
Dell has expanded its partnership with Brocade to sell Dell-branded versions of Brocade's Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), converged network adapters (CNAs), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) switching products as part of a new focus on data center virtualization and unified networking.
FalconStor Software has taken its entire product line virtual with the launch of the File-interface Deduplication System (FDS) virtual appliance as part of a VMware initiative announced last month.
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) recently began shipping two new Hitachi Network Attached Storage (NAS) Platform systems?the NAS 3080 and 3090?setting its sights squarely on the midrange NAS market.
NetApp officially entered the cloud storage arena with the launch of Data ONTAP 8, the latest version of the company's operating system and, according to NetApp, a foundation for delivering IT as a service.
If you polled end users, industry analysts and vendors, and asked them what the hottest storage technologies are today and into 2010, I'm sure that solid-state disk (SSD) drives and cloud-based storage would make the Top Five.
Cloud computing and cloud storage are becoming more viable, but a number of issues still remain—including security.
Each approach to integrating enterprise-class solid-state disk (SSD) drives has advantages and disadvantages.
Traditional NAS approaches often fall short in environments with rapid growth in file-based data.
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