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Violin, WD and Toshiba announce new flash products

John Hilliard, Contributor, and Andrew Burton, Senior Site Editor

Violin Memory, Western Digital and Toshiba recently announced new flash products, including management software and a drive that combines flash and traditional disk.

Violin Memory announces new version of Symphony software, flash array

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Inc. said version 2.0 of its Symphony management software enables oversight of the company's memory arrays and PCIe cards from one interface, plus announced a new flash array and update to its flash array operating system.

Violin said its flash product offers dashboards that can be customized for users' specific needs and can manage arrays throughout an environment, including across multiple data centers, through a single Web interface.

The company said its updated software offers health monitoring and analytics performed in real time, as well as other reporting functionality. It can also perform tasks such as storage provisioning and array software upgrades. The software also provides up to two years of retention of performance history for analytics purposes, according to Violin, plus it can create customizable reports for sharing information and performance data.

The company also announced the release of its 6224 Flash Memory Array, which features 24 TB of raw capacity, according to Violin. The company's 6000 series of flash arrays supports 8 Gbps Fibre Channel, iSCSI and 40 Gbps Infiniband network infrastructure.

Violin also released version 6.3 of its Memory Operating System for its flash memory arrays. The OS offers features such as snapshot, encryption and thin provisioning. The OS also provides support for maximizing flash life by distributing I/O across an array to reduce wear on any one flash device, plus it uses a proprietary RAID algorithm and technology to reduce latency from data erasure and writes, the company said.

WD stuffs flash and disk into laptops and desktops with new 'dual drive'

Western Digital Corp. announced the release of the WD Black 2 "dual drive," which combines a 2.5-inch 120 GB SSD and a 1 TB hard disk drive (HDD). It offers a SATA 6 Gbps interface speed and comes in a standard 9.5 mm, 2.5-inch form factor with a legacy SATA connector. WD said that the drive is designed to upgrade notebooks, small form-factor desktops, and single-slot and all-in-one systems.

WD Black 2 dual drives allow users to use SSD for performance while inactive data is saved on the HDD. According to WD, the drive is aimed at creative professionals and gamers.

Toshiba drops new 2.5-inch enterprise SSDs

Toshiba Corp. announced its new 2.5-inch form factor HK3R enterprise solid state drives. The drives use 19 nm NAND flash and offer a 6 Gbps SATA interface. The company said that the drives are designed for read-intensive applications such as read caching, error logging and boot.

The HK3R enterprise SSD uses Toshiba's proprietary Quadruple Swing-By Code error-correction technology and is available in 120 GB, 240 GB and 480 GB.


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